Jan 29, 2019 11:06:25

Where I Come From

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Basile Samel

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I am born at home.

I guess it's safer to give birth in a hospital.

It's not like my mom did it by herself. My dad and a midwife were there.

Now that I'm writing this, I have no idea why they did it this way. Maybe I should ask them.

It's not like there were no hospitals nearby in 1994.

The southwest of France is no wild west either.

July 14th is France's national day. I was born overnight, under the sound of the fireworks, just past midnight.

I grew up in Tonneins. A town of 10k inhabitants bordered by the Garonne river. Jean Macé elementary school. Then Germillac middle school. During high-school, I moved to an even smaller town 10km from Tonneins called Aiguillon.

All in all, I spent 18 years of my life in Lot-et-Garonne. Lot-et-Garonne is among the poorest departments of France in terms of GDP.

My parents were born there. They spent most of their life there. But they enjoyed traveling.

I guess this paradox made me hate the condition for a human to be chained to his birthplace.

It's not that I don't like my birthplace. No. My heart still shivers at the memory of the green pastures and forests of Gascony. The sun has a different color. The smell of fresh dirt makes you feel alive. I believe Brassens says it better:

It's true that they are pleasant, all these little villages, all
these market towns, these hamlets, these localities, these cities,
with their fortified castles, their churches, their beaches,
they have only one weakness and that is being inhabited,
and it's being inhabited by people who look on
all others with contempt from the top of their ramparts,
the race of chauvinists, the rosette wearers,
the complacent idiots who were born in some place.

- The ballad of the people who were born in some place, Georges Brassens


Where I come from is a part of me, but it doesn't have to define me anymore.

I feel at home wherever the wind blows.

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    @basilesamel I know and love your homeland, how lovely to read about it and like Gabriel, it most definitely resonates with me, living in foreign lands (I'm British), in Catalonia, northern Spain, and having lived in France briefly too. Indeed I always wanted to live in other parts of the world and intend to again when my daughter is older.

    Lovely post!

    Arthur Kendall avatar Arthur Kendall | Jan 30, 2019 23:03:30
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      @arthurkendall Thanks Arthur! :) It appears you did quite a bit of traveling. I would love to read more about your personal story and your opinion on how traveling benefited your daughter!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 31, 2019 12:40:49
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    @basilesamel Nice post, it resonates very much.

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 29, 2019 09:38:53
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      @gabrielgreco thanks Gabriel! :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 29, 2019 16:58:27
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