Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I've Lived...

Week 3 of the Wednesday Lists
Frankly, I'm pooped from all my risk-taking.
Parent-teacher conferences might also have something to do with it.
This week's list is an easy way out, but all true nonetheless.

Places I've Lived

born: Heidelberg, Germany
Bruehl, West Germany
McKinney, Texas
Allen, Texas
New Orleans, Louisiana
Ft. Ord, California
started Kindergarten: Jakarta, Indonesia
Ft. Sill, Oklahoma
Baltimore, Maryland
Azores, Portugal
El Paso, Texas
Ft. Eustis, Virginia
Williamsburg, Virginia
started high school: Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Lansing, New York
for two weeks: Cairo, Egypt
on campus: Chattanooga, Tennessee
newlywed apartment: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jefferson, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Sloane is born: Springfield, Missouri
Clever, Missouri

My amazingly organized mother emailed this list to me. The original includes dates and mailing addresses. She also has Christmas gift lists going back for decades. I just love that about her. For the record, I have had 31 addresses in my life, not including seven different times when we were address-less for weeks between military assignments and/or new homes. I also didn't count, but wanted to, the five lovely days last summer when my address was San Francisco, California.

What a peripatetic life I've lived! I love that about my past. It's no wonder I get itchy feet from time to time. I've lived here longer than any place in my life. I am ready to go! I am also content to stay. I love that about my present. And, my future? Not sure. But, whatever it holds, I know I'll love that, too.

Vintage suitcase image and wonderful story to go with it by to be, inspired. More of her vintage wonder here.


Gigi said...

What a list! It says so much about you, and in such a wonderful way. I lived in the same house from the time I was one to the time I was eighteen, but I've been on the move ever since. We've lived at our current address for five years, which is the longest I've lived anywhere in my adult life. I am SOOOOOOO ready to move. The wanderlust is hitting harder than ever before. If I could, I'd move back to the island. Since that's not going to happen, we have a realistic and very cool runner up in mind.

I love that you live in Clever, by the way. Seems just perfect for you. xoxo

Amy ♥ DailyPleasures said...

Good grief, girl! What opportunities you have had! And what things you must have overcome!
I spent my first 20 years living in the very same house in a small community. Then I went to college for four years just outside of Chicago, and returned back hometo get married and live in three places within a few miles from each other. No wonder I'm such a homebody!

Rita said...

There are good things about living in one place all your life and knowing everyone and everything about everyone in town. BUT... there are also good things about living in so many places and seeing and getting to know so many people in other places also. I can see that from where I am living now!

Laura said...

What wonderful experiences you must have had!!! and now you are ready to embark on another journey....into the world of photography. I am very happy for you!!!

Dandy said...

Actually that explains a lot. Being well traveled is something I totally expected of you. Although that could almost be from traveling through your books. What were your favorites? I want to hear tales from those far away places. I've always wanted to live elsewhere.. at least for a little while. I've always lived in Southern CA. I nearly moved to San Francisco but didn't make it. I'm still hoping that will work out someday.

I'm glad to have gotten B to New Zealand because he got his first real taste of travel and now the world is a place he is dying to explore.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful list :)

S. Etole said...

being content in the now ... that is the gift ... and what a gift you are to us

Roban said...

... Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia... You were in my neck of the woods! You moved a lot. We were military, too, but my list is much shorter. I'm never sure where our Air Force base was in Germany, but I remember that it was Sembach AFB. Germany and France for me, otherwise the U.S. from one side of the continent to the other.

I bet you have wonderful memories and stories....

Hope your week ends on a good note and you can enjoy a relaxing weekend.

The Hausfrau said...

Ready to go/content to stay--what a great attitude to have! We may go to Heidelberg this weekend...

Jeanne said...

Fabulous indeed.
Love you
Big hugs
Love Jeanne

Tracy said...

WOW--hugely impressive list of places lived, Relyn... such fun to learn this about you. And I like that--to go or stay--happy no matter where you are! :o) Wishing you & yours a very sweet Valentine Weekend ahead, my friend ((BIG HUGS))

Krissy said...

I really got used to being a tad nomadic when I was single and sorta miss moving yearly (it really helps clean out the mess!)

{I have a book giveaway on my blog this week that I think you'll really enjoy!

margie said...

oh my. travelling relyn.

Andrea said...

Wow. What a life filled with adventure!!

PS: Sitka has an award for you at All Gods Creatures.

beth said...

wow....someday I'll be sending a list to my daughter when she asks the same thing...."tell me again all the places I lived while I was little"

you have lived and moved and now you rock !

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh my, and I thought I'd moved a bit. Don't you wonder about those that are born and live forever in the same place. In some ways I miss having those kind of roots...but mostly, I'm glad I was forced out of my comfort zone and appreciate all the people I've met along the way.

This is my 11th address since birth.


Sarah said...

I am amazed at how many places you have lived Relyn! Moving not only around your huge country but around the globe too! I think, just totting up on my fingers, that I have lived in 15 places with 4 major changes-but when I say major I mean at the most 300 miles! I like the name of your current home too-most appropriate for a teacher! We have a teacher at school called Gemma Cleverly-I would love it if my teacher had been called Miss Cleverly!
I loved reading your fears post and the next one about your ambition to be a photographer. Your photographs of your children are beautiful and I am sure you can do it!

smith kaich jones said...

This is amazing and you must have tons of stories, so I will settle around your fire and listen in silence, except for the oohs and ahhhs and sighs. Story night at Relyn's. I love that idea!


Kim Living Life said...

Ok so I thought I was the one with gypsy blood, you've outdone me. We are moving again for the 13th time in 28yrs in about amonth never seem to be anywhere for more that 5 years so who knows how long we will be on the new farm. Yeah and I'm a city girl so it's not a real farm,

elizabeth said...

What a wonderful list! So many interesting places. I like new places, but I don't love the act of moving itself. Hopefully eventually technology will advance enough that we just press a button and all of our stuff will be transported to the new location and we'll arrive to find our house neatly arranged. :)

krista said...

my mom was the same way...military daughter. lived in so many states i can't even keep track. i think the longest she stayed in one place before adulthood was two years. i know it made it sort of hard on her to form lasting friendships.
but what a way to see the world!

Marilyn said...

Love the suitcase too! That is some list. Oh the experiences you have had. How wonderful! Yes, I get itchy feet sometimes too, but I love where I am too. Love the name of the last town.

suzyQ said...

Wow! I am so impressed! I love the picture.

dutchbaby said...

Whoo hoo! Someone who's lived in more places than me. I love this post - I just may have to borrow this idea...

Jac said...

Wow Relyn, you have lived in an incredible amount of places! It must have been wonderful to experience all those different areas. I've lived in the uk all of my life and can't imagine what wonderful tales you must have about the places you've been. No wonder you have itchy feet sometimes!

Anita said...

That is an amazing list. I have also lived in Germany (born there), El Paso, Ft. Bliss, and Tennessee. Have you seen "Brats" a documentary about military brats?
I thought of this film while reading this post.
Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments on my blog.
Have a blessed week!

Amy said...

Wow! What a list ... so many homes, and memories, and experiences! I remember getting a meme "list 5 cities you've lived" ... yeah, how 'bout three? (and two were about 20 minutes from one another I might add :)

JoLyn said...

I started my 52 lists series. My first is "Confessions of a List Maker." Thanks for the idea, Relyn!

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