Have you been to where your parents were born? What was it like? If you haven’t been, describe how you imagine it to be.

My mother was born in New York, and I have been there once. When I was 14 I flew up there to visit some family members for one week. I mostly stayed with my Great Grandmother, and also got to spend some time with my Great Aunt, and with my Grandfather and step-Grandmother.
My memories are mostly positive, it was interesting to walk around the city, and see so many people all walking around (I’m used to the West Coast, where everybody drives). However, I must say that overall its a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. I’m a bit claustrophobic, so I really didn’t like riding in the subways. My morbid imagination kept imaging there’d be some kind of accident and I’d get trapped underground. Also, I couldn’t live with the weather. It was spring when I went there, so it was fine, but I could never live somewhere where it ever snows. Snow is a deal-breaker for me. I can handle some rain when it happens, but not the snow. Southern California is where I plan to live out the rest of my days.

My father was born in Louisiana. I’ve never been there, and really don’t have any interest in ever visiting.

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