Saturday, September 11
A Week of Anniversaries
This has been a week of anniversaries for me. Thursday marked my third year at the Villa, and today is my L.A. anniversary--eight years ago today I signed my first lease and moved into my apartment in West L.A. It's difficult for me to believe I've lived in L.A. for eight years. Maybe that's because in many ways it took a few years for me to adjust and feel comfortable in the city. Even though I've been out here awhile it's only been in the past three years or so that I've felt I've really mastered L.A. and gotten used to it. Usually on this day I reflect on how ending up in L.A. was probably the most unexpected event of my life thus far, but this year is different. Because I'm about to become a parent, the thought on my mind this year is of how very different my son's early childhood is going to be from mine because he will be born, not in a small Midwestern town, but in one of the largest metropolises in the U.S. Of course, in all of the important ways it will be the same--he'll grow up being loved and supported by his parents and family--but there is no doubt that a babyhood in Los Angeles, California is going to be a far different experience than one in Neoga, Illinois. Now, I could choose to judge this city versus country issue as a good or a bad thing, but I prefer to simply see it for what it is: Just one of many experiences that will make him into the unique individual that he will become.