I just returned from Columbus, OH. This is where I grew up. I lived there for 16 years and couldn't wait to get out. I'm sure Columbus is very nice, and I'm not comparing it to a soviet prison camp or anything. I was adequately housed and fed and taken to the dentist and saw movies there. I just wanted to go elsewhere.
So I went to visit the few relatives I have there who are still speaking to me. Not that those who are not speaking to me are mad at me. They are just indifferent to my existence, and vice versa. No hard feelings on either side. We can live without each other. And do.
Looking for something to while away the hours when I wasn't visiting one cousin or another, I went to the stand in my motel which housed pamphlets about interesting sites to visit. Mostly they were ads for outlet shopping centers. A couple were for extremely boring historic sites, none of which were conveniently located.
I strongly felt the lack of all my aunts and uncles, my mother and grandmother. I visited them in the cemetery, but couldn't get much out of them. Communication was lacking.