I have been a Native since April 28, 1993

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From October 2015 to August 2016, I was biding my time by delivering packages for Amazon Prime Now and people for Uber. One of my Uber passengers was an 87-year-old man who had been born and raised in San Diego, and had lived his entire life here. He immediately recognized an accent and we had a great conversation during the 10-minute ride, the tail end of which went something like this:

Uber Passenger: “Where are you from?”

Me: La Mesa

UP: No, originally. I’d guess Texas.

Me: Why Texas?

UP: The accent.

Me: Yes, Texas. But I’ve been here for 23 years. Surely I don’t still have a Texas accent!

UP: You do. Are you a Native?

Me: I don’t understand. I was born in Texas.

UP: But are you a Native?

Me: Okay. What’s a Native?

UP: A Native is someone who no longer GOES home because he IS home.

ME: I like that. I arrived in San Diego on April 27, 1993. By that definition, I have been a Native since April 28, 1993.

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6 thoughts on “I have been a Native since April 28, 1993

  1. Pit

    Good morning, Russel,
    I like that definition – a lot. 🙂
    By it, though, I’m not a “Native (Texan)” – yet – as I still “go home” to Germany once in a while. But, on the other hand, I sure feel “at home” here, because “home” is where your love is.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Pit

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      1. Pit

        I think it’s less just “going home” [although, of course, after 60- years of living there it does feel like home still], but for visiting with friends. Not with relatives, though. I lost contact with them a long time ago, way before I came over to the US. Another reason to go back to Germany is to show my wife the country.

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