Greensboro, NC where I lived until I was 16 years old. We moved in to this house when I was 3!
I got to see Randall, my best friend from growing up. She was my first best friend -we were inseparable from elementary school until my family moved to Charleston, SC my junior year of high school. After a falling out with some of the other popular girls (pretty devastating from my 5th grade perspective), Randall showed me what real friendship look like. It always so fun to go back to Randall parent's house because it always triggers a flood of childhood memories.
They say you can never really go home again. Perhaps it is not only because the place has changed, but because you are no longer the same person. I sometimes watch the show October Road, where the lead character returns to his hometown after ten years. The show is about reconciling who he was with who he has become. For him, it is a matter of finding his true self again through his old friendships and remembering who he was before he was jaded by success.
I was thinking about how it has been the exact opposite for me- I have found my true self since I left Greensboro. Although I have many great memories of growing up, I think back to who I was back then, and I am so glad for how God has changed me and helped me find who He is calling me to be. C. S. Lewis observed, "The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become - because he made us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own."