My hometown is Baltimore, Maryland. I am damn proud of it! Yes, Baltimore has its flaws, but what city doesn’t? We have park benches that proclaim that we are “The Greatest City in America”. I believe it. No, we are not perfect…far from it…but I take pride in my hometown. I cannot imagine moving anywhere else.
I am originally from Baltimore City, but about three years ago (Oct. 2015) my parents and I moved to Baldwin, in Baltimore County. It is still Baltimore, but to me, it is not the same. And I don’t mean that in a positive way or a negative way. I had lived in the City all my life and was used to how crowded and fast-paced it can be. Then we moved to Baldwin and…WHAT THE HELL?! IT’S QUIET! The first night we were in our “new” house in Baldwin, my Aunt and Uncle came over. We had nothing in the house. No beds; no couches; no chairs; no nothing. Just ourselves. So we were sitting around, having a drink and eating subs from a sub shop up the road. So I was in the middle of sipping a Natty Boh (like I said, Baltimore Pride). So I was drinking a beer and my Uncle goes, “Shhh!” Everyone stopped talking. I go, “Uncle John I don’t hear anything.” My Uncle goes, “I KNOW! ISN’T IT GREAT?!” I gotta admit, it is kind of peaceful now not having to hear gunshots or people arguing outside my window and 2am. But hey…that’s what I was used to, so I actually had trouble sleeping those first few nights due to how quiet it was. I like the hustle and bustle of the city and I miss it.
Not to say I don’t like it where I am now…it’s grown on me a lot! Now that I am used to the “quiet” life, I am content…and hey, nobody has mugged me in the county yet. I got mugged in the City once, and honestly I was kind of oblivious to what was going on around me. I was an easy target. So I miss the City, but I am also happy with where I am now. For one, you can actually go outside and see the stars. You can feel more “at home” or in tune with nature and your surroundings, if that makes any sense.
My mom on the other hand? I had never seen my mom happier up until that point when we moved out of Baltimore City. Like me, my mom was born and raised in the City and wanted a change of scenery…both literally and figuratively. My mom did not like Baltimore City or the house we lived in for 17 years. So for her, moving was not a choice. She was hell-bent on getting out.
I miss our old house. It was a nice stone house built in the 1930s and had 2 floors, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and ½ acre of land…IN THE MIDDLE OF BALTIMORE CITY! Talk about desirability! We tried selling the house 3 times. The first two times, we had no takers. The third time it sold in a week.
I feel more at home in the City than in the county. Sure, I like where I live now, but I am the kind of person that’s always go-go-go. Around where I live, I can’t really walk anywhere. It’s too far. At my old house in the City, we had a McDonald’s I could walk to. My grandparents were right behind us. I could visit them anytime I wanted. My grandparents on my mom’s side were a 10-minute walk from where we used to live. It’s almost like I feel more isolated where we are now than I was in the City. Our neighbors now are awesome and VERY friendly, but they’re not family. We are close-ish to them, but I miss being able to see me grandparents whenever I wanted. I miss the convenience of living in Baltimore City more than anything. I know damn well when I get married, despite what my mom and dad think…I am not going anywhere! I am staying in Baltimore. I stand with my beloved city and would not change it for the world! Baltimore Pride runs strong through the city and through me! I embrace my City and my Baltimore heritage!
As always, thanks for reading and hope to hear from you about your hometown pride!