It was about 10 years ago my father accepted a transfer and moved to Raleigh. He says it’s the best things he’s ever done, I would argue that making me was, but you know, semantics. Boston was always intended to be a pit stop for himself and his new bride. He’s from Brooklyn, she from Indiana…the only connection to Boston was his mother and uncle and he went to high school here. That pit stop turned into 5 more kids and 2 decades because that’s how life works. My mother fell in love with the city, he simply adjusted. Being a black man raising a family of black kids in Boston in the 80s had to be troubling. Fast forward to the 99 and the 2016, I’ve grown up love Boston as well, it’s all I’ve ever known. I was in a bubble of sorts, it wasn’t until the internet that it set in how many people don’t bang with Boston like that. It wasn’t until the move I realized my father didn’t even like it here. Naiveté, I suppose.
I get annoyed with people who never been to Boston or live here on their own free will and complain. Every time someone talks about the cold or “where the blacks tho” I want to throat chop them. Put respeck on my city. Point me to the black mecca where it’s always nice weather (shut up Atlanta y’all segregated). Of course, Boston is far from perfect…but I mean neither is America, you just make it work. I grew up around black people, went to school with black people, I work….well, never mind.
I was out with someone the other night, she’s still fairly new to the area and she casually mentioned she would move closer to home were she to have kids. I had nothing. Of course it was way way way too early to be having that conversation but it did cause me to stop and wonder, was Boston a dealbreaker? Should it be? (Especially after what happened with the last one). Again, I felt struck with the same naiveté of assuming everyone who is here, wants to be here. I couldn’t imagine going to grad school (.) located somewhere I have no intention of living, a pit stop can turn to life real quick, just ask my father. Then again, if I was from like Florida or Jersey (yuck), I would probably need to get away for a few years. She wasn’t as anti Boston was much as she was pro family, which is hard to argue against, it’s about 70% of the reason I’M here. (I mean for the sake of arguing, technically we would both have jobs here, so why would I have to go start anew…but again, way way way too early). It was the first time I had even considered it, if a fish falls in love with a bird, where would they live?
It’s something I hadn’t even had to consider before, most of the women I dated, even in college were born and raised here. When I did the distance thing, it was implied they would move here (big bank take little bank). Maybe that was selfish of me to assume (yes, maybe) but I rather just chalk it up to just being something I hadn’t considered not that I never would. So now, the million dollar question…is Boston a deabreaker? If my dream job was in Los Angeles, I would be like…I mean I only see my family on holidays anyway. Dream woman? *cue Jeopardy music* I’d like to say I would. With qualifiers….major metropolitan cities, serious relationship, I need to make at least 25% more. That’s fair. But of course all of this goes out the window depending on the election in a few weeks…hi international readers.