I moved away from the East Coast in 1979, making Austin my new home. I find, tho, the old saying to be correct: you can take the woman out of New York, but you can't take New York out of the woman. Still having family in NY certainly keeps the connection alive, but I would feel connected regardless - it's just in my DNA.
So this week, as Hurricane Irene began it's journey to the heart of Manhattan, I felt the anxiety of a native. In fact, I felt the intensity of Irene so much, I was surprised that it was clear and sunny where I actually lived - shouldn't there be storms here as well? Well, no, here in Texas we're in the grips of a deadly heat wave and a deadlier drought.
I live in the heat, I dream in the storm - these two home states of mine, two home towns, as different as night and day. I am bicultural.