For the first time in our 7 years of living here, I feel like this is where I'm from. It was a realization that came to me after we returned home from our 3 weeks on the road. This time when we returned it was more than just coming home to our house, more than getting back to the routine of things, it was coming home to where we belong, where we're from. I drank the delicious water, and breathed in the wet air and felt a stirring in me that I thought would never come from the Seattle area. I've never felt like I've been from anywhere other than Claremont, California. I was raised there and every time we vacationed there I felt like I was returning home. I won't say that come February I will be happy to report that it is raining every day and I'm so glad that I still have my roots in California so that we can still vacation there and I can show my children all the fun that comes from living in the sunshine state, and I can't say that we won't ever grow out of our house and move away from Seattle but I will say that this is finally where I'm from and it's nice.
btw - Seattle is having a gorgeous September. Wish you were here!