Where Did You Grow Up?

Mr. Ragamuffin posted this today & I thought it was a great idea – so I’m participating. Here’s what he said:

Whenever you ask people where they are FROM, there is always some followup statement that sounds something like…
“Oh, but I grew up in LA” or “Oh but I grew up in New York”.
Like they somehow must right the wrong in their lives that has led them to Des Moines, IA.
In order to cut down on the banter…
Where did you “grow up” and was your childhood culdesac as rad as the kids on E.T. had it?

So the official answer for me? I grew up in San Jose, Modesto, and Murrieta – all in California.

House #1 - 2828 Hostetter Road, San Jose
House #1 - 2828 Hostetter Road, San Jose

This was the house I was born in. It had a pool, clubhouse, 2 giant palm trees in the front – gone now. Pretty sad actually – my dad used to keep this place in impeccable condition.

House #2 - 3276 Farthing Way, San Jose
House #2 - 3276 Farthing Way, San Jose

I don’t know how long we lived here, probably till I was in 6th grade or so – then we moved to Modesto. I do remember a couple things about this place:

  • Our neighbors the Kerr’s – we used to play all day long outside.
  • Our neighbors the Morningstar’s – Al was a mechanic for those funky helicopter planes, and he would wash his classic Ford Thunderbird convertible like every day.
  • Some neighbors up the street had a huge sandbox that we used to blow up GI Joe’s in.
  • Me and my brother used to hike over to a creek about 1 mile away and play all day long. I always wanted to follow it up into the foothills, but never did.
  • We had a basset hound dog at this house that never stopped howling – it mysteriously disappeared.
House #3 - 522 Maze Blvd. Modesto
House #3 - 522 Maze Blvd. Modesto

This was our Modesto house. I have a love/hate relationship with Modesto. Had a lot of good memories there. This house was awesome because it was huge for one thing and it had like a 1/2 acre of land where we would go nuts on every day. While we lived in Mo-town, I went to Modesto Christian School for Junior High, Big Valley Grace for church, and then to Modesto High for 9th & 10th grades.

House #4 - 24738 Leafwood Drive, Murrieta
House #4 - 24738 Leafwood Drive, Murrieta

And this is where we lived when we moved down to SoCal. Of course we lived in a couple little places before this – but this is where we landed. I lived here until I moved out basically. Built a room in the garage – it was pretty sweet. My parents still live here today.

So, that’s where I grew up. How about you?

11 thoughts on “Where Did You Grow Up?

  1. Kendra

    I grew up in Mission viejo, California. We lived in one house until I was 2 and then moved a few miles away. I lived in that house until my parents got divorced (I think I was 13yrs old) and then I moved out to Rancho Santa Margarita with my momma. I feel blessed to have lived in the same place for so long growing up. It was a fun street to grow up on. We always road our bikes all around and pretended to have forts on all of the slopes around our house. We had an AWESOME pool and spent all of our summers swimming with neighbor kids.

    I miss the house and wish my Dad still owned it so I could visit it with my kiddos. My mom still lives in Rancho and it’s nice visiting the area. It’s crazy because my husband grew up in the same town and we attended the same elementary school and didn’t even know each other until college!

    Kendras last blog post..My little posers

  2. Jen

    Born and raised in SOCAL on the WEEESSSTTT SIDE !!!! Its all bout the HB
    ( Huntington Beach), and Temecula-hizze !!!!! Or should I say
    “Like oh my gosh, dude, I like totally grew up in like SOcal, and like it was like oh my gosh, like so bodacious, dude!!”

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  4. Nancy Ruhlman

    Enjoyed “Where did you grow up?” I was born in Bremerton, WA and lived there through kindergarten (hardly remember it), but then we moved to south Seattle and I lived in the same house (6912 So. 115th St.) until I got married. I had two great girlfriends who lived in the same house next door: Darline (1st thru 5th grade) and Karen (6th thru marriage). I was her maid of honor and she was my matron of honor. I also led my friends to know Christ as personal Savior and we are very much friends to this day! (Just visited Darline and her husband in Pacific Grove on our way home from Temecula!)

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  6. Alex's Mom

    Wow! You never mentioned you did this….very sad the condition of all those homes. I remember the day we brought you home to the Hostetter house and my Mom just wanted to sit and hold you all day long. I remember the clubhouse Dad built for you and you guys spent the night in it together. AND how you used to jump off the diving board and swim the length of the pool by yourself….wow…some cool memories.

  7. Niss

    Well, mine is very different. I’m from Afghanistan. The story about Afghanistan is in so many ways a very tragic one. It’s one of the most impoverished nations of the world. It is one of the most war-torn, most ravaged, and most beleaguered of nations. Afghans have endured more than anyone can ever imagine. In fact, for many Afghans all that has changed in the last one thousand years are the weapons which have been used against so many of us.
    Within the country there is a small population of Hindu, Sikh and Jewish communities, but the vast majority of this people (us) are Muslims.
    I lived my early childhood years in Kabul (the capital) until the age of 6 which I don’t remember much. Because of the civil war in Afghanistan my dad decided to leave the country to move to India, New Delhi. We moved to India in 1992. I lived in New Delhi for 4 years. I went to kindergarten and my elementary school years. I soon started making friends which were all Hindus. I was raised just like them; calm, respectful, focused and already having a sense of accomplishing anything and everything in life. I soon learned their language (Hindi or Urdu) and loved, or I should say still love watching the Indian (bollywood) movies. Indian food is extra spicy and very tasty. Namaste is the most popular form of greeting in India.
    We were then forced by the government of India to move back to Afghanistan as Civil war was ended. We then moved to Afghanistan in 1996
    Afghanistan seemed one of the most devastated and poorly managed countries in the world with no hospitals, no schools, damaged roads, buildings and homes which was demolished during war. I spent my next 3 years in a country that war is considered normal. I spent my 3 years watching rockets and bullets crossing over my house, watching innocents getting killed.
    We (Afghans) are very proud of our land, religion and ancestry. We value our independence beyond life. Afghans always seem up-in-arms to settle disputes. However, this is wrongly interpreted as a preference for violence. This particular trait is the result of consistent foreign invasion. I learned how to be tough and coup with any difficulties that I may face. Schools were not consistently open because of the civil war, so it was extremely hard to focus on studies.
    In 1999 we moved to Pakistan which is bordered in the south and east with Afghanistan.
    Pakistan means the land of clean. It is a Muslim country with small population of Hindu, Sikh, and Christian.
    This was the country that I went most of my schooling years. I have changed my school several times. In most of the cities in Pakistan co-education was prohibited, so I ended up going to a same sex education system school since I was living in the NWFP province, Peshawar.
    The Pakistani education administration believes that co-education is against the law of nature. Girls and boys are temperamentally different from each other. They have different duties to perform. A girl is required to receive education which can make her a good wife and a good mother. While a boy is required to receive educations that can help them establish a better career. I am absolutely against this system. Co-education builds confidence in a person and makes him/her a more complete person to live in a real world. After graduating from high school from the same sex-education system, it made me lack in self confidence. I was 20 by the time I finished high school, I should have graduated two years ago, but because of traveling to different countries and schools there was a 2 year gap.
    In July of 2006, we moved to Toronto, Ontario. Toronto is the most popular city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is considered a global city and is one of the top financial centers in the world. It has a freezing cold winter. They say it has about 3 months of summer, but I only witnessed maybe a month or so of hot weather in here.
    Immigrating to Canada was a unique and tough experience. They speak differently, with a different language; they think differently and behave differently. Through struggle, hardship, obstacles I made my way in what I believe to be the perfect country to live in. I have been living in Toronto for the past 3 years and I still go blank or have nothing in common to talk about when my co-workers talk about some celebrity or a cartoon show that they used to watch when they were kids.

    Despite everything I never gave and never will.
    After facing many challenges and overcoming myriad obstacles, I’m now working for one of the largest HR firm in the world as well as working towards taking my CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional)

    Niss from T.O

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