Kevin McKenzie’s Philadelphia Homecoming

Kevin McKenzie (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square Park
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Address: Between 18th & 20th Streets

I am: Creator of Amusing My Bouche. Sales Consultant currently stranded in Maryland.
Years in Philly: 21 year Philadelphia resident before being foolishly lured out of state
Current Home: Maryland (save me, please!)

(photos by Rachel Hara)

My Love Note:


Someone was honking their horn.

I lay there, eyes still closed as the sunlight did its best to try and coax me from sleep. My head was throbbing mildly, a gift from the German beers I had imbibed the prior evening, and I was sure a few more moments of slumber could hold the impending headache from hell at bay. But…now this…

Someone was honking their horn.

It was a foreign sound to me. Well, not so much foreign as unfamiliar. Morning traffic, people talking on their cell phones with coffee in their hands, trucks rumbling up the one way streets…all sounds I (more or less) grew up around but had not heard for years. But I was back in the city of my birth, where I spent my first twenty-one years, where I have had some of the best experiences of my life.

I was home.

Home is a tricky word for me these days. I haven’t felt like I’ve had a home since last December when my now ex-wife and I split. I’ve stayed with family, friends, and everyone in between. I stayed with my parents for a bit, but their current house is only 5 years old; I have no real memories tied there and, as I knew it was temporary, it was never somewhere I considered “home.” Actually nothing about Delaware or Maryland has felt like home to me; I find myself back in Philadelphia at least once a week, happily putting miles on my car while traveling to see friends or to dine in the city.

But lying on the couch in a friend’s apartment, I felt comfortable and experienced a sense of being home. Not necessarily in their particular apartment (though I did love the space and the fact my 6’4″ frame actually fit on their couch), but walking out the door onto a street I had walked countless times, with the skyline I gazed upon for years, enveloped in the countless sounds and smells that would forever remind me of Philadelphia regardless of my age or how long I left the city, my city…

I was home.


Originally posted on Kevin’s website

Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Rittenhouse Square 1 Comment

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