I was born in Joliet, Illinois, and lived there for a couple of years (I have zero memories of this time). My family moved to a few miles away to Lockport, Illinois, and I lived there until I was almost 17 (I have lots and lots of memory). Since that time I have lived in Dubuque, Iowa; South Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Whitewater, Wisconsin; West Lafayette, Indiana; Reynoldsburg, Ohio; and Phoenix, Arizona. Since 1991 I have lived in Tempe, Arizona.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines hometown as follows."the city or town where one was born or grew up; also: the place of one's principal residence"
These days I call Tempe my hometown. Most nights out of the year I slumber in Tempe. Tempe is where I live and play. My U.S. post office mail gets sent to Tempe. I spend most of my money in Tempe. I answer "Tempe" when asked where I'm from.
Given the aforementioned definition of hometown, I can "officially" refer to Joliet and Lockport as hometowns, but unofficially I can't. I had no control over being born in Joliet, nor did I have much control over growing up in Lockport (I could hav run away, but...). These days I am Free to live wherever I please and Tempe is my choice; consequently, Tempe is my hometown.
If I were to move away from Tempe (which I have no current plans to do), then I would no longer call Tempe my hometown.
There is an old saying that goes something like "home is where the heart is." My heart is in my body and my body lives in Tempe. Again, Tempe is my hometown.
Author: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 23 May 2004