gangs, who were bitter enemies of one another. Which is not to say
that normal, well-balanced kids from each area didn't get along per-
fectly well together, but 'officially', as far as the neddish gangs
were concerned, they were at war.
I'd be a 'Murray' man, but as I spent nearly seven years of my life
from the age of seven, to five months short of my fourteenth birth-
day in an area called Westwood, I tend to regard myself as more of a
'Westwood' man. After all, I spent most of my primary school years
there, and continued to go to secondary school in the area, even
spending the final two and a half years of my school life there
after moving back to the Murray.
lived here longer, I feel slightly disloyal in not considering myself,
first and foremost, as a Murray man. As I mentioned, I only lived in
the Westwood for just under seven years, but that period encompasses
most of my school life, and just about everyone I still know from child-
hood I first met while I was living there. Not only that, proportion-
ately, that period was around half my life at that point, so that's
quite a significant factor to consider.
sense of identity - Murray or Westwood?
on forms - I always put British. That's because I'm a British Scot or
a Scottish Brit - doesn't much matter which way you put it. So why's
it so hard when deciding which neighbourhood I'm really from? I sup-
pose I could say I'm a Westwood man who lives in the Murray, or a
Murray man who lived in the Westwood, but neither seems to
do the situation justice.
and in embracing one, I don't want to spurn the other. The best
I can do is to describe myself as a Westwood/Murray man, or a
Murray/Westwood man, but it still seems to me like sitting on
the fence to some degree.
Aw, shoot! I'll work it out one day I guess. What I want to
know 'though, is where you consider yourself from. Is it the area
you grew up, or the one of which you have the fondest memories -
or even the one you've lived in longest? Or don't you think that
way? Perhaps I've just got far too much time on my hands in
even pondering the matter?
in the comments section. That's what it's there for.