Where You Came From (160/365)

by Lee Santiva June. 09, 2019 215 views
I come from Chicago

I come from Chicago

If you are a follower, or have read a couple of my blogs, you have probably already have figured out that I come from Chicago. I am German, but grew up (until end of high school) in a northwest suburb of Chicago.

It's where I come from, which is somehow a part of me, but it's not who I am. I think many of you can relate to that if you also have lived in different places or even different countries during the course of your life.

The house I grew up in (2014)

The house I grew up in (2014)

Around five years ago, I decided to look up the house that I had grown up in. I hadn't been back to that town or seen the house in over 30 years. I didn't recognize the entire street at all. If I hadn't known were I was, I would have sworn this was not where I was from.

The houses to the left and right must have been torn down because the current houses are completely different than what was there before. That is just starting to happen in Germany but usually the houses which are being torn down are a hundred years old. My old house looks somewhat the same with the red brick facade but that's about it.

All of the trees in the front yard are gone. It made me sad to see that they had also removed the tree which my father had planted with my brother when he was just six years old.

Driving around town with my best friend just like old times

Driving around town with my best friend just like old times

That trip, I reunited with my oldest girlfriend who was my best friend during the school years. She just happened to also be in the area and visiting relatives at the same time. After high school she had also moved away from our hometown to go to college. Over the 30 years we have stayed in touch, which will mean something to everyone in my generation, because keeping in touch before there was the Internet, email, Facebook or whatsapp was a lot more difficult.

That day we had a fun time cruising around our old hometown in her brother's Jeep with the top down, it made us feel like teenagers again.

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Camellia Staab 6 months ago

First of all Hi Lee! ( we got to finally see your face 😊)

I know exactly what you mean about going back to the old neighborhood and not recognizing it. My husband and I lived in Glen Ellyn after we got married. Main street to be exact.  Eventually we moved to Springfield but last February we went back to Glen Ellyn for a funeral (some family members still live in the area) and could not find our old house. Literally the entire neighborhood was torn down, one house at a time and new houses built. We guessed the location and setting but even so we were not 100% sure. Just weird . At leas you were able to find yours smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia Staab 6 months ago

Hi there, I think I‘ve been in a few photos before, but probably not close up.
Wow, the entire neighborhood was gone and replaced? That‘s sad, a lot of the older houses had character. When I lived there,  the houses were all very different because they were built all different times. Now they‘re all huge my relatives call them „McMansions“. 
Where I live today in Germany they all look very much the same because they were built at same time

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Bob Rosenberg Replied to Lee Santiva 6 months ago

I was out of town for the past few days, so didn't get a chance to go after this one.  As another former Chicagoan, I'm happy to see these two posts.  My story would have been pretty much the same.  For me, relocating to California was the best move.  The only downside is that that I lost touch with all my childhood friends.

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Björn Roose 6 months ago

I've always found it a very strange habit - and it apparently is a habit - that new owners go chopping down trees that were there before they bought the house. Turning the place into a desert the moment they move into it. Sad and stupid ...

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Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 6 months ago

Hi Bjoern thanks for commenting! As Camellia also commented, in the Chicago area they seem to want to destroy everything - the house, the trees - I wonder why they buy it then?

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Björn Roose Replied to Lee Santiva 6 months ago

I don't even want to get in to that ... Searching, seek and destroy - great song by Metallica - is the wrath of our times ...

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