Seattle is my home

On June 7, 2010, I celebrated my tenth year living in Seattle.

Ten years ago, my mom and I traveled across country, in a U-Haul truck, to be close to my son and his family.

As I drove the truck across country, I felt sad and angry.

We started out in Rochester, New York, my hometown, a city of roughly 200,000 people. I’ve always loved Rochester, longed for it when I’ve lived elsewhere.

Moving to Seattle, a city with over 500,000 citizens, scared me a bit, to be honest!

For the first two years I lived in Seattle, all I wanted to do was move back “home.”

Seattle is a noisy, busy city.

It can be dangerous, at times, the traffic sucks, and it’s very expensive (especially fresh tomatoes, my favorite food).

But sometime around year three, I began loving Seattle.

By 2005, I knew I was learning to love my adopted home.

By the fall of 2007, when I was planning a move either to the midwest or back east, I was shocked by the realization that I did not want to leave Seattle.

I sat down and talked turkey to myself: Girlfriend, face it, Seattle is now your home.

I was stunned as I said these words out loud.

Seattle is my home now, and I really love it here.

So I canceled any plans to move, asked for my job back (which, thankfully, I got), and gratefully settled back into my Seattle life.

I almost left this maddening, wonderful city.

Scares me skinny, as my old buddy Helen used to say.

So I’ve decided to share with you all, on an ongoing basis, why I love living in Seattle.

My home.

Stay tuned.

About boomergrl49

Mom, Grandma, retired social worker, blogger. I love reading fiction of all kinds, and I'm also addicted to television (Netflix, Hulu, Acorn, Amazon video).

Posted on August 7, 2010, in life in Seattle, NY, Rochester. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Ya know it does take a long time to get used to a place.. I learned that living in Ca for 20 years.. when I moved back to MI my homestate.. I was calling places by the wrong names for at least 2 years. Glad you are happy where you are now!! πŸ˜€

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  2. PS loveeeeeeeeee the pic above!!

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  3. Carol, I would feel that way if I moved back to upstate NY–no plans to do so πŸ™‚

    And I'm glad you like the picture; I took it, by the Seattle waterfront, in February 2009.

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  4. Home is where the heart is. Guess your heart's right in Seattle now.A move is always a big leap into unknown and settling takes time. Enjoy Seattle πŸ™‚

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  5. Yes, Keats, my heart is in Seattle right now. It takes time to get used to a new city, a new area of the country! Have a great day!

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