A Sense of Belonging
~ Tomorrow I will have lived in the Seattle area for 30 years.
I moved here to take a job at a then small and mostly unknown software startup that later moved to Redmond. I thought I'd live here a year or two, and then go back to school. But I never left.
I passed the "most of my life" threshold years back.
My children were all born and raised here.
Back in the early 80's many people had bumper stickers on their cars with an image of Washington state and the single word "Native". For some, there was evidently a sense that too many people (like me) were moving here from somewhere else and somehow ruining the lifestyle for the natives.
I haven't seen one of those bumper stickers in at least 10 years, maybe 20.
Did the natives all leave? No. They may be few, but they're still here.
So what changed?
Are we more accepting? Or did we just give up?