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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Relocated Californian

I had an interesting experience today. Maybe it was because I was alone shopping at Costco without my 5 kids distracting me or maybe I would have noticed anyway. As I was walking out, I saw a guy walking in wearing an Encinitas Surf Shop hoodie. I had to suppress the urge to jump up and down and run over saying "Hey, we're from San Diego!!"; overcrowded San Diego with it's really clean cars (no kidding), beautiful hip people who look like movie stars, busy freeways, and lots of craziness - all things that I am glad we got away from. I realized at that moment, that although I am glad that I don't live there, I am happy to be FROM San Diego. It seems odd that it was somehow important that I was from that place that his shirt was advertising. It wasn't that there was anything interesting about him, in fact, it had nothing to do with him at all - I have no idea what he even looked like. Maybe it is because we spent so many years there or that all of my kids were born there or that I'm still on auto pilot when I drive out there or that we love visiting or that there are many people we love there. Or maybe I just had too much coffee yesterday. At any rate, I am truly glad that I am a relocated Californian living now - and forever (God willing) in Montana.


Jessica said...

Although I'm not from San Diego, I too am grateful to be FROM California, living in this beautiful place called Montana. And, I'm grateful for other wonderful California people - like the Dunhams - who are here too! :)

Anonymous said...

I corresponded with you several years ago and have always wanted to live in MT/WY/CO area. You said God did it for you and it can happen. Well just last week my husband accepted a job in the Denver area! We'll miss MO but I am very excited! (and I'll probably feel the same nostalgia when I see "Missouri" tee-shirts!)

Mrs. B