I’m 61-years-old and it seems I’ve moved 31-32 times in my life (covering 5 states and 10 cities).

The 5 states were: NC, FL, TN, VA, and PA.

The 10 cities and the number of places I’ve lived in each of them is below:

Wilmington, NC – 11

Wrightsville Beach, NC – 2

Concord, NC – 2

Charlotte, NC – 2

Nashville, TN – 2

High Point, NC – 1

Burlington, NC – 1

Hampton, VA – 1

Jeffersonville, PA – 1

Clearwater, FL – 1

Most of the moves have been in NC.

I’ve moved to and from Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach, NC and Burlington, NC six times, and Charlotte, NC and Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach, NC twice.

The last move I made was to Charlotte in 2005, so I haven’t moved in 14 years. Considering I lived here briefly earlier, the total time here is about 15 years.

The total time I spent in Burlington growing up–and coming back a few times–is about the same.

The time I spent in Concord in my earliest years is about half that (7 1/2 years).

But it seems I lived in 13 different places in the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area alone, so I spent a LOT of time there.

As a result, I’ve still lived longer in the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach, NC area than anywhere else…

…and I still miss it.

I’ve always felt at home there from the first time I visited in 1976. Every time I drive across the Cape Fear River Bridge into the city, I have a sense of relief… like I’m finally home again. 

Maybe I’ll get back there someday.