365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
437. Where did you live as a child- town, country, suburb, etc.?
I grew up in a very small town called Albany, located in California. When people ask where you are from and you answer “Albany”, they instantly think of Albany, NY. However, this little town is nestled right in the midst of the bay area, right next to Berkeley and only about 15 miles from San Francisco. The population of Albany is just over 20,000, so relatively small considering it’s surrounding cities.
It was wonderful growing up here. There was always that small town feel, yet all the conveniences of living near a major city. We moved to Albany when I was 6 years old, but we had lived in neighboring towns prior to that, so never far away. My Grandparents lived in Albany and my parents purchased the house from my Grandmother in 1977. This was the house that my Dad grew up in so keeping it in the family was very special. Being able to grow up in the same small town that your parents grew up is pretty incredible as well. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but it was amazing being able to go to the same school and believe or not, even have a few of the same teachers as my parents had when they went to the same high school.
Except for a few years when I moved about 50 miles away to Santa Rosa, California, I have never lived far from Albany. Sometimes I feel like maybe I missed out on experiencing life a little by never leaving the safety of my home town. I don’t know if it is necessarily Albany or just the Bay Area itself that I am connected to. I’ve sometimes thought about moving to other States (for work, or just for a change), but then I remember all of the things I love about where I live. It is never to cold or to hot. During the winters it can get a little rainy, but for the most part stays in the 50’s (except for this past few weeks when we have had unnaturally cold weather… dropping sometimes to the high 30’s/ low 40’s). We don’t get snow…. EVER and the thought of living someplace with snow is terrifying to me. During the summer months, we have maybe 5-6 crazy hot days that are in the 90’s, but for most of the days, we stay pretty consistently in the 70’s. Being right next to he Bay helps, as it brings in that wonderful Bay breeze that helps keep things cool. The one downside to living in this area is that we do have to deal with earthquakes. Luckily they don’t happen often (well, they do happen often, but most are so small you don’t feel them). I’ve often wondered what natural disaster would be the worst to have to deal with. Earthquakes, tornados or hurricanes. Having only lived in California and only dealt with earthquakes, the other two options sound to terrifying, so I’ll stick with what I know. Not to say that I’m not afraid of earthquakes, because I am. No surprise there since I am afraid of just about everything.
My husband is determined that we are going to leave this area and move to Nevada sometime over the next 3-5 years. Sometimes that excites me, but most of the time it makes me sad. I can’t imagine not being in the place that I know so well. It would also mean leaving behind some of the most important people in my life, which is heartbreaking. Who knows… Maybe we will pack up one day and leave for a fresh start someplace else. Or maybe I will grow old right here in the same area where I grew up. We will just have to wait and see what fate has in store for us. Right now I have a view of the Golden Gate bridge from my bedroom window. I just can’t imagine leaving that behind.