Cecilee Linke

I can write you a story, teach you French, sing you a song.

Thing A Week #10 – East

I was talking to my mom a few weeks ago when we somehow started talking about what it was like for my parents when they moved to the east coast in the early 80s. They are from southern California, so moving to Maryland in the winter was a bit of a culture shock for both of them. But they did it so that they could start a new life and raise their future children (ended up being me and my brother!) in love, leaving behind family dysfunctions I won’t get into, but suffice it to say, they had every reason to leave.

Sometimes I don’t like to sing a song as myself but rather as someone else. In this case, I’m my mother reflecting on leaving everything behind to start a new life. I have always grown up on the US east coast, so I can’t imagine what it would be like to leave everything behind and go somewhere far away to start over. The closest I’ve been to that was living with a family in France for three months, but even then, that was only temporary.

Also of note: since I wrote this in January, I’ve shown it to my dad, and he approved of the song!

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