I’m taking a break from endlessly grading papers to tell you that…
I clicked my heels, made a wish that we’d be able to move back home next summer, and voila. We’re moving back home next summer! IF (there's always a big IF with six-month time frames)all goes as planned. Matt’s changing territories at work so he’ll now be working the Midwest. Actually, literally now, since he’s in Michigan this week at a sales event.
Since we found out this news literally one day after my class started, and they already have me scheduled to teach two classes in the spring, we’re going to wait until the school year is finished to make the move. Luckily, this is a-okay with Matt’s boss. So it looks like in early May we’ll be making our way back to the Midwest. We’re 90% sure we’ll be moving back to Michigan, but we’re waiting on a few contingencies before we know for sure.
So, we’re quite excited. We actually found out three weeks ago. After the shock wore off, we started weighing all the pluses and minuses of moving yet again. We’re probably going to move to somewhere in Southeast Michigan to be closer to our families, but I quickly had the sobering realization that I haven’t really lived there permanently for 10 years. Yeah, 10 years. I’ve lived my entire adult life in other places. When I think of my childhood home, I think of Ypsilanti/Saline/Ann Arbor. But when I think of my adult home, I definitely think of Kalamazoo. I lived there for 6 years and we started our marriage there. It’s been even longer since Matt lived in southeast Michigan. He left the Flint area when he was 14.
So, we’re going to have to reinvent a life in a place that is both home and not yet home. It’ll be an adjustment. And to prepare, we’ve been making lists together of what we’ll miss about our current home in Massachusetts, what we won’t miss, what we’re looking forward to, and what we’re not looking forward to.
§ Being able to drive to four states in less than an hour and a half
§ So close to New Hampshire, one of the loveliest states
§ The ocean, and particularly, the salt marshes
§ Gay marriage, it’s just cool to live in the first and only state
§ The back talk, attitude and accent (it grows on you and we’ve learned the politeness is sometimes overrated)
§ Lots of trees and hills
§ Big city life, a relatively safe and walkable city
§ Duh, cost of living
§ Too far away from 95% of the people we know and love
§ People everywhere
§ The commute and traffic/navigation headaches
§ Big city life
§ Masshole drivers
§ The noise of the freeway outside our bedroom window
§ Family and friends
§ Holidays and birthdays together
§ Lakes, great and small
§ Open space, big skys, sunsets
§ Up north
§ Red Wings baby!
§ Farmer’s fields, it seems unnatural without farmers
§ Good scrapbooking stores
§ Being able to buy a house
§ A hiking trail right outside my parent’s back door
§ Bell’s beer (I babysat the owner’s kids, but never met the guy)
§ Potentially running into people from high school who I’m not friends with (I’m anti-social, I know)
§ The scary job market
§ The ‘Ann Arbor is the center of the world’ attitude (sorry, it’s true and just as prevalent as any perceived East Coast snobbery)
§ Car culture, because it’s nice to have public transportation available as needed
§ Allergies, bah
If you're lurking out there, post a comment or send me an email so I know you got the news. I know I've told some of you, but since the readers of this aren't super into leaving comments, I'm not always sure who's really reading this.