Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Philly Will Always Be Home

By the time you read this post I will be on an airplane flying back home…That’s right I’m heading to Philadelphia for a nice long weekend. Yes, I know it’s been 10 years since I left but I will always consider Philly my home. I grew up there, still have lots of friends and family there and loads of good memories. I relate to the city in a way that I will never relate to any other . You can live anywhere but having that “connection” to a certain place is unique.

Philly as seen from the rooftop
What makes it special for me is the fact that I can go back anytime and always be welcomed with open arms. Within hours of landing I will be sitting around a kitchen table with some of my closest friends and it will be like I never left. It doesn't matter that we haven't seen or talked to each other in almost a year....We'll just pick up right where we left off. Knowing all of the right questions to ask and things to say.

There will be food...lots of food. Our favorite desserts from the local bakery and coffee; there's always coffee. We'll stay up until the wee hours of the night just chatting....about everything and nothing.
Us Circa 2000

Its not rocket science that brings us together rather just the comfortable feeling of being able to say what's on our minds; knowing we won't be judged. This will go on until one of us, usually me, starts to nod off at the table. But even still our conversations won't end there we'll meander to the door and linger on the porch just trying to stretch out the night and our time together for as long as we can.

We'll continue this the next night and the next and every night until its time to leave home again. Because to me Philly is still my home. I'll make my way back to Phoenix and I'll have tons of food stories to share...but my heart will always be in Philadelphia.


  1. I relate well. It's the same for me and New York. I miss it, and my family, a lot. You don't change (pic wise) at all! Perpetually young!

  2. Love it!!!! Cant wait to see you!!

  3. I knew this when I was living in South Philly last summer. I was only a few blocks from where you lived and we would talk about the wonderful renaissance and gentrification that was happening along East Passyunk Ave. I actually detected a hint of jealousy that I got to live there. To be honest, it was a nice area to visit...but I would never move back.

    1. But to add, I still live in the burbs...all the way in Pottstown. I can still, though, get down to Philly from time to time. It's probably my favorite food city, bar none! The variety and personality of the food in Philly is great.

    2. This is Julia, BTW...I have no idea why Blogger is being such a pain.

  4. I love the pic!!

  5. Nice to see you got to go home and even enjoy some of your favorite foods! I've been away from my hometown for just over 15 years, and when I go back I have the same ease with everyone there... like I never left!