I thought I knew this town — and in many ways I do.

I am a proud Calgarian. Born and raised here, went to university here, got my first news job in this city —​ then I left.

Young Rosa Marchitelli

Rosa Marchitelli, here seven-years-old, while she was growing up in Calgary. (Courtesy of Rosa Marchitelli)

Career ambitions took me across the country to different newsrooms and a world of new experiences.

The cliche is true: time flies. More than 10 years later, I’m back. A little older and a lot more experienced. Now a wife and mom (I met my husband and co-anchor Rob Brown in a newsroom during those years, married and had three boys).

And as much as I’ve changed, so has Calgary. It’s grown up. It’s much more mature, much more sophisticated.

At the same time, it’s the same hometown I love. Strangers still smile and say hello when you pass them on the street. Neighbours drop by to introduce themselves when you move into an area. Calgary still has a volunteer spirit and entrepreneurial soul.

It has been a fantastic homecoming. I now have the comfort of home, with the excitement of a new city. The best part — I get to experience it all again through the fresh eyes of all my boys.

Rosa Marchitelli Calgary Gay Pride

Rosa Marchitelli, right, and husband Rob Brown, second from right, at the Pride Calgary 2013 parade downtown earlier this month. (CBC)