Monday, January 15, 2018

No Roots

Some of the people I work with were born here.  They went to school here, and if they left, they soon came back.  They can't imagine living anywhere else.  Their roots are deep in this place.

I don't know what that's like.  I've lived a lot of places, from Alaska to Hawaii and in between.  I've liked most of them, even loved some, but it was always easy to pack up and move on.  Back then you had to chase the jobs, so I got used to leaving.  My roots, like some trees', are shallow.

My friend B. was talking about where she wanted to move when her fire career was over.  She thinks Driggs, Idaho, would be nice.  But she doesn't know, either.  Maybe she will stay.

I like where I live well enough, although I wish some things were different (more sun in the winter would be nice, maybe a few less bears). 

Walking through the forest, you can't always tell which trees have deep roots and which have shallow ones.  They're all making the best of where their pine cone or acorn or seed landed, reaching up toward the sun.  Maybe that's the secret: it's not so much the place, but what you make of it.

This woman says it better than I can.  Sing it, Alice:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUdyuKaGQd4

6 comments:

  1. So true! Although I'm glad to have lived other places, besides my hometown.

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    1. Oh definitely! I highly recommend that. But I used to think there was a perfect place. Now I'm not so sure...except maybe Iceland!

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  2. I grew up and we always moved around a lot...I always feel as if I have no deep roots..even though I have lived in the same area now for 22 years!

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    1. This is the longest time I've lived anywhere after age 18, almost 7 years. It feels strange to be in one place so long.

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  3. A powerful song by Alice Merton....your experience is so different from mine, and sometimes I wish I had had the opportunity to experience many different places before "settling." I agree, though, it's what you make of a place...the old parable about "What is this place like?" and the answering reflecting the person much more than the place.

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    1. I like her song. She's young but has lived in several countries, which caused her to write it.

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