~beware, semi-incoherent rant ahead~
i've lived here for 15 years.
in a few years it will be longer than i lived with my parents.
in fact, if you ask me where i am "from" - i'd probably say pittsburgh - almost.
and yet, i still have a wv accent.
i don't mind.
i really don't even think about it anymore.
so, if you meet me, for the very first time...
"i couldn't help but notice your accent is quite unique,
may i ask where you spent your childhood?"
"OH MY GOD! WHERE ARE YOU FROM?"
"YOU SOUND LIKE YOU ARE FROM WAY FAR SOUTH*!"
"QUICK, SAY SOMETHING ELSE!"
oh, and please, for the love of grits,
let me finish introducing myself first.
*not that there's anything wrong with that.