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I Am From All Four March 4 Primary States—We Can Define Home As We Wish

Presidential nominating primaries will be held in four states on March 4.

These states are Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio, and Texas 

I consider all four states to be my home states.

 

(Rhode Island State House in my hometown of Providence.) 

We can define “home” in many different ways. More than one place in the world can be your home. 

I lived in Rhode Island for 12 years. I lived in Ohio for 18 years. I’ve lived in Texas for almost 10 years. I spent a summer in Burlington, Vermont while I was in college and I have family in Vermont.

 ( View of my hometown of Burlington, Vermont)

All four places are part of the person I am. 

I have friends and/or family in all these places.

I’ve had interesting experiences in all four places. 

Most individuals are larger than just one place.

  

 (Skyline of my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.)

We can define for ourselves where we are from, and still not lose sight of the fact that we are part of a society and that we do not have full discretion over our personal identity. 

This is no contradiction.

We all have an internal and an external life. The boundaries between the two fluctuate based on our decisions and outlook, and, also, based on circumstance.

(Here is an example of my hometown of Houston being temporarily redefined by circumstances beyond its control–In this case Tropical Storm Allison. A reminder we are not entirley masters of our identity.)

Maybe you view home to be a specific house where you’ve always lived. Maybe you’re at “home” with certain people or with a certain person. Maybe you are a citizen of the world. Maybe you are most at home when alone. 

You may have many different definitions of “home.” I think this is a good idea because it makes more of the world seem a hospitable place.

Within some broad limits, it is your call where home is in your life. 

Please click here for a Texas Liberal post on defining family as you choose.

Please click here for a history of the Texas nominating primary.   

February 15, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Cincinnati, Politics, Texas, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments