Personality Profile: Richard Kidder

BY RACHEL ALEXANDER

Born in Keflavik, Iceland, junior Richard Kidder experienced an eventful childhood as he moved around eight times because of his father’s job as a lieutenant in the Navy.

“I loved to move around when I was younger because I got to go to so many different places, but at the same time it was difficult to leave my home every three years that I grew to love,” Kidder said.

Because Kidder spent most of his childhood going back and forth from military bases in Virginia, Florida, Italy and Connecticut, Kidder has gone through a well-rounded lifestyle by getting the opportunity to live in new places.

“I enjoyed the two years I spent on a military base because I had a great community full of other kids with stories of moving around that I was able to relate to,” Kidder said.

However, growing up in Italy he had to get used to living within 50 miles of an active volcano.

“My family and I were watching a movie in the living room and out of nowhere the couch started moving across the floor, and we freaked out and ran outside,” Kidder said. “This especially brought out my fear about volcanoes erupting.”

Through practice and being surrounded by the unique Italian culture and language, he was able to learn enough to get by.

“I could do simple tasks such as ordering food or asking for directions. If I never lived in Italy, I would have never picked up on parts of the language,” Kidder said.

According to Kidder, Italy was his favorite place to live because of the unique culture he learned, the amazing food and the countless new people he had the opportunity to meet.

“I remember the first time I saw the pizza [in Italy] I thought it looked awful because it was very thin and watery, but when I tried it I loved it so much,” Kidder said. “Now everywhere else I go, the pizza looks strange to me.”

Although Italy was difficult to leave, Kidder was able to return after living in Florida for a few years. He stayed in Italy for two more years before moving to Connecticut.

“When I moved from Italy to Florida, I was very sad because I thought I would never be able to go back to my community and [be with the people] who experienced the same things I did,” Kidder said.

Having a father in the Navy always meant that work was a top priority for him, but Kidder’s dad did cherish the time spent with his loved ones.

“My dad would always go on work trips to Australia, Israel and Africa for months at a time and work long hours, when I was only six years old,” Kidder said. “Whenever he was home I always tried to spend time with him by taking family trips.”

Kidder said moving to new places throughout his life has taught him to become more mature and independent faster then he would have if he stayed in one place all of his life.

“I know how to do certain things better than I would if I did not move around Kidder said. “I learned things such as bargaining items from a street vendor, finding my way around all airports and being able to communicate with people who do not speak the same language as me.”

Although Kidder has moved around frequently, he has still managed to make the most of his reality.

“Every place I have lived has impacted my life because I had the opportunity to experience new cultures around the world,” Kidder said. “Although some kids might see it as a negative lifestyle, to move around often, I see it as a positive because I have gotten to experience extraordinary events throughout my life.”

 

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