I've always had a hard time answering the question "Where are you from?" To clarify, I don't have any trouble when talking to other parents in my child's preschool class where the correct answer is my current hometown. When I am on vacation, I am torn between being honest and admitting to being from "a galaxy far, far away," saying I am from where I grew up, Chicago, or describing where I now live in New England. At what point do you become "from" the state that's different from where you grew up? Is it when you've lived in that state for longer than you lived in your original home state?
When I first moved to MA, I used to dress nicely while running errands because I knew no one and in some weird subconscious way I think I wanted to make a good impression. You never know who's going to turn around in a grocery store and invite you to a family BBQ. Alright, that might be a little creepy, and for the record it never happened. After a while, particularly once I became a mom, I no longer cared if my hair needed to be brushed when I went to the grocery store. I just went as I was. Then I began to notice a surprising correlation between the amount of spit-up on my shirt and the likelihood that that I would encounter someone I knew.
Because I was meeting a friend today, I was actually dressed somewhat nicely when I went to drop my son off at camp. It was the first day of the session. I didn't think I knew anyone who was sending their kids to this camp. I was therefore surprised to find that I knew half the parents from a number of different groups and activities. So again, when I am officially from MA?