Going Home  

firestarter665 42M/39F
3158 posts
4/25/2006 6:06 am

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4/26/2006 6:07 pm

Going Home

Who says you can't go home
There's only one place they call me one of their own
Just a hometown boy, born a rolling stone, who says you can't go home
Who says you can't go back, been all around the world and as a matter of fact
There's only one place left I want to go, who says you can't go home
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, its alright

-Bon Jovi

If I am running errands, sometimes I visit my hometown. It is only four towns away from where I live now, so it's not hard to go visit at all. I like to drive past the house that I grew up in and see all the changes to it. I like to see all the new things in my hometown. Then I see some of the things that are gone. Places I used to hang out that are no longer there.

I have beautiful memories of watching fireworks on the 4th of July at one of the larger parks in town. I have the fun memory of playing with my childhood friend in the small park by the house where I used to live. Of course, it is no longer there and they tore down the woods next to this park where we use to go exploring. Now it is all large houses.

I had such a funfilled childhood in my hometown. I can also say that it is great coming from the same hometown as Bon Jovi.

Do you ever go back to visit your hometown? Are you still living there?

GoddessOfTheDawn 105F
11238 posts
4/25/2006 6:40 am

well, I sometimes go back, but not 'back home'. Thankfully I don't live there anymore.

There aren't (m)any gud things for me there....

firestarter665 replies on 4/25/2006 4:11 pm:
Godess, I am sorry to hear that. I hope where you are now brings you happiness.

angelofmercy5 58F
17881 posts
4/25/2006 6:56 am

I do like to experience the memories from my childhood when I travel back. But I agree with GOTD....it is not my "home" any longer. Fun to look back though, isn't it?

firestarter665 replies on 4/25/2006 4:12 pm:
That's what I go back for, the fun of seeing things change. No matter if it is bad or good.

MysteryDreamer 57F

4/25/2006 6:57 am

I go back about once a year. Alot of good memories. Too bad it cant always be like it was, too many changes. Hopefully there will always be at least one thing left as the days go by. The world just keeps growing. You would think we would be outta room to build!!!

firestarter665 replies on 4/25/2006 4:13 pm:
At least we have the memories.

rm_DarknStar 54F
2823 posts
4/25/2006 7:05 am

I basicly still live in my hometown! For my whole life I have lived and traveled in a 40 miles square.

firestarter665 replies on 4/25/2006 4:14 pm:
A native!!!! Very cool.

SpaceRangerNJ 55M
4687 posts
4/25/2006 7:39 am

Well, I'm New York City born and raised
But nowadays, I'm lost between two shores
LA's fine, but it ain't home
New York's home but it ain't mine no more.

Neil Diamond.
One good song deserves another.

OK so I know where Bon Jovi came from and have driven through there. Cool! Don't live far from there either.

I went full circle and came back to my home town but 5 miles on the other side of town.
The planning board should be shot. It's not the same town in a lot of respects. My old neighborhood is still nice and quiet. The parks are still there and my schools are all still there but the HS is no longer the HS it is part of the Jr HS (but they don't use that term any longer). Some of my teachers still teach at the HS. Saw a few recently. Now remember I'm 44 so this was a while ago so they have been teaching for a long time.
One of my Jr HS teachers still lives in town and asks my parents about me.
I like going over to my parents. There's something comforting. In the evening as the sun is beginning to set, in the summer, the birds come out and start singing, a peace seems to set in over the street. It's just heaven. I can't fully describe the feeling. You'll just have to come and experience it for yourself.

firestarter665 replies on 4/25/2006 4:15 pm:
The street that I used to live on is a pretty quiet one. There is one cherry blossom tree there that I used to love to watch bloom.

StillSmokin2oo6 44M/43F

4/25/2006 8:43 am

I live 2 miles from the house that I grew up in,,My grandfather still lives in the house,and I visit all the time,,,but I'm not sure I'd call it home,,I think home is the part we take with us when we leave somewhere,,,home is more in the heart and the mind rather than a house or a place,,,home is what I took with me every time I left and what returned with me when I came back!!! Lots of great memories for a small town though!!!

That's a good tune too!!!

firestarter665 replies on 4/25/2006 4:17 pm:
What you wrote is very true. I am glad that you have great memories!

Btw, love the new pic!

caressmewell 53F

4/25/2006 9:20 am

Like you my home town is not far away, the house I grew up in is still there. They tore down the school I went to but built a new one in it's place. The changes to my childhood home have been many and it's interesting to see the homes that my friends lived in. All but two families I knew have moved. It's always fun to drive through the old neighborhood and remember how things were.

firestarter665 replies on 4/25/2006 4:18 pm:
It brings you back, doesn't it. I can't wait to see what my kids say years from now about where they grew up.

cumseeme4fun4us 60M
57 posts
4/25/2006 2:52 pm

I am one of those who still lives in my hometown ( Chicago ). I also have lived here for most of my life except for a few years in a suburb near to my hometown. I love being near Lake Michigan, and being in a city that has so many lake front parks and many other wonderful places to enjoy. Yes there are some unpleasant memories, but there are far more pleasant and wonderful memories that far outweigh them. I've lived in several places and much has changed. I'm very glad to still live here.

firestarter665 replies on 4/25/2006 6:48 pm:
Very nice.

libgemOH 56M/52F

4/25/2006 4:32 pm

Not only do I live in my hometown but I live in the house I grew up in!!! -B

firestarter665 replies on 4/25/2006 6:48 pm:
That is way cool!

(What the fuck is this shit..?? *rolls eyes*)

4/25/2006 4:56 pm

I was born, raised and lived my whole life up till a few years ago in and around what once was truly the Vally of the Sun..Phoenix,Scottsdale and Cave Creek...But now days its not the HOME I knew and LOVED..Hasn't really been for more than twenty years. The more they built the farther out I would move, till there wasn't no place left to move...The Home I knew is gone now, what hasn't been bulldozed over was burned to the ground last summer. Thats what happens when your do not respect Beauty She will find a way to destroy Her Self..I am a daughter of the Sonora Desert and I shall always have Her in my Heart....Ready


firestarter665 replies on 4/25/2006 6:53 pm:
I hate the fact that so many beautiful areas are destroyed just to build more houses or malls or whatever. At least She still lives within you!

rm_cru1972 44M
4407 posts
4/25/2006 7:11 pm

Honestly I have to many places that I can call hometowns. The place I was born, never lived there, The first four years of life, the actual groing up period 13-18 my first permanent duty base. Need I go on? I think you get the point. lol how many ppl can really have more than 1 home town

firestarter665 replies on 4/26/2006 6:09 pm:
I guess it is where you feel comfortable calling it your hometown, even if you have more than one.

sassybelle21 32F
13313 posts
4/25/2006 8:35 pm

My old house is pretty close to my current apartment. I don't go back there anymore.

firestarter665 replies on 4/26/2006 6:10 pm:
As long as you are happy where you are at now!!

docdirk 47M

4/26/2006 5:44 pm

We moved way too much for me to visit them all. However, I still consider one place to be my hometown. Unfortunately, other than returning for the funerals of my grandparents, I haven't been there in nearly 25 years. I can still picture it in my mind inch by inch. I could be there in about 4 or 5 hours whenever that "someday" I keep promising myself arrives.

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

firestarter665 replies on 4/26/2006 6:11 pm:
I smell a road trip coming on...

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