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If someone were to talk about a “home”, there could be many different things that would come to mind. Home is defined as “a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household” (“Home”). Depending on the person and the type of environment they grew up in, you would most certainly get many different answers. In my opinion, home isn't just a place that you live in, but a place of peace and acceptance, and a place that you share with your family. A good, simple quote that represents this is “home is where the heart is”-Pliny the Elder (“Home Quotes”). There are many aspects of a home that can all play a role on your very own personal identity, like concrete things such as the building itself and the geographical location, to even the more mental things such as the social environment in your household. Everything that makes up the environment of your home, plays a very big role in the way it shapes your life and personal identity.
I currently reside in my mom's house in Prescott, Wisconsin. She is the only parent in my household because my parents divorced four years ago. When I was born, I lived in Apple Valley, Minnesota. When I went into kindergarten, my family moved to Farmington, Minnesota, and by the time I was in fourth grade, I made my way to Prescott. All of this moving around was due to my dad and his job. Sometimes, I wonder how all this moving has impacted my life, all the friends I could of made, all the opportunities in a better high school, etc. Ending up living in Prescott even affected my choice of college. I probably would have never considered going to University-Wisconsin River Falls if I had been living in Minnesota. In the end I think I am glad everything went the way it did and I'm thankful for all the friends I have made. When I moved to Prescott, I first lived out in the country. When my parents divorced, I moved into town. I wouldn't really consider the building itself that I live in my “home” due to the fact that I have lived in several houses throughout my life. I find that the more “personal”things and all the stories of my life and family make up my definition of “home”.
First impressions always last, and in my case I think my first “home” was the neighborhood and community I lived in Farmington, Minnesota. I would also consider this place my first hometown and the place I have the most memories of. This town may not be significant to everyone, but it was a place of many 'firsts' for me. It was the first place I made friends, went to school, and ever played sports. During my time here, I was able to experiment with a bunch of different activities. I was involved in the boy scouts at one point, and there are some experiences I had that I will never forget. A good memory I have in Boy Scouts was the pinewood derby we had every year. I still remember the first time I won. At one point in Farmington, I played pretty much every sport you could think of. Bowling, basketball,...

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