May 22, 2012

returning home.

While we were back in Chicago last week, friends and family kept asking whether I like San Francisco. Like, I realized, is an understatement. I love this city. First there's all the color: the pastel homes, the green parks, the white skyline, the way blue seems to surround you at all times — water and sky.

I love the people I've met, creative and driven and passionate about everyday life. I love the food, the outdoor cafes, the way each neighborhood seems to feel like a different world all its own. I love the hills and the views, the bridges and the boats, Marin and Napa and everything in between.

Whenever I return to Chicago, I remember that nothing will replace it. I remember how much I miss the brick and the green — the character of the old buildings that stand among the shiny skyscrapers. I remember how much I miss the people, all the family and loved ones who have shaped my life. I remember how much I miss my childhood home, Main Street in Glen Ellyn, the way Lake Ellyn looks on a sunny, almost-summer day. I remember how much I miss my old life, and I feel grateful to have a past that's worth missing.

Still, returning to this city felt an awful lot like returning home.
And I think I love that most of all.

(Photo: My Flickr)

9 comments:

Ophelia London said... [Reply to comment]

Lovely words. I was born & raised 300+ miles north in Eureka. I live in TX now and every time I go back home or just visit the Bay Area, it's a major highlight of my year. Have you been to Mama's Cafe at Washington Square? Lovely and delicious. And you can hike the stairs to Coit Tower afterward to work off your breakfast. :)

Bethany said... [Reply to comment]

"I feel grateful to have a past that's worth missing."

Love this. That's how I feel returning to my small Michigan hometown from my current life in Chicago. And in the same way, returning to Chicago after a weekend visit to Michigan also feels like going home. I love both, but for me, Chicago is where I belong. :)

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@Ophelia London I haven't been to Mama's Cafe, but I LOVE Washington Square, so consider it done :) Thanks for the tip!

Nicole Marie said... [Reply to comment]

i love it i miss it i love it i miss it. i feel sad for anyone who hasn't lived in san francisco. i'm sure i annoy the crap out of my friends here rambling on and on about san francisco but it really is the most amazing city.

Katy said... [Reply to comment]

I was born & raised in Pennsylvania, and lived there until I was 15 and moved to Florida. I can totally relate! it might be easy to get used to a new place to live but nothing can replace home. :)

citythoughts said... [Reply to comment]

I can relate. I moved to Chicago about 3 years ago and it's always such a comfort to go home, spend time with family, and visit familiar places, I always love coming back to my little apartment in Chicago. :)

Ophelia London said... [Reply to comment]

@Laura Marie
Bring a book for while you wait in line. Eggs Benedict & the jam on the table. You're welcome. ;)

Sonia said... [Reply to comment]

Amen sister. The best city. on earth =)

Kristin said... [Reply to comment]

happy you have two great homes!