City of brotherly love
Place I call home
Don't turn your back on me
I don't want to be alone
Love lasts forever.
I remember so vividly going to see "Philadelphia" at the movie theater on Main St. in Newark, DE. Honestly, I am so sucked into any film that takes place in or references Philadelphia. I have had a theory for years that Philly would be a premier city.....it it was in Kansas. But being wedged between the largest city in the US and our nation's capitol has often made it the step child of cities. Philly is amazing. We have some of the best art, history and food that you will ever find. And it is a totally manageable city. In fact, when my step-sisters who live and breathe NYC visit, they have said "wow, I could live here."
Right now I am sitting in a Starbucks at the corner of Locust and 15th St. I keep looking at the snowy/salty streets and I can feel the cold push in through the windows. And I can't imagine being anywhere else.
I have had a not at all subtle love affair with Seattle for a long time - since 1996 to be exact. The moment when I landed there, I felt home in a way that I had never felt home before. I toyed with moving there in 1997, in 2006, in 2008 and again in 2013. And yet, I never do. Just yesterday, my best friend suggested that I ponder it again and while I did for a split second, I didn't really. If I could move everyone I love to Seattle? Perhaps. If I could move everyone I love in Seattle to Philadelphia? Perhaps.
But more than that, I don't think I can leave Philadelphia. While I am a suburbs girl, I will say with full passion that I am a Philly girl - born and raised. I wrote about this last spring on a trip home from NYC. As I pulled into 30th St. station, I was so relieved to be home - in the city that I know so well. In the city that is home.
Philly isn't perfect - no city is. We have many of the problems of large cities but we also have so many wonderful treasures. There are places and parts of this city that will always be home. And it is a knowing - a knowing of belonging, a knowing of place and a knowing of home.
Perhaps one day I will wind up in Seattle. Only time shall tell. If I was going to be anywhere else, that's where I'd be but for now? Philly is my home and for that I am eternally grateful.
Even if I am freezing my tookus off today.
*"Philadelphia" - Neil Young