If you’ve ever wondered where this crazy girl hails from, I tell you now it is the beautiful state of Michigan. I was conceived in Lansing and born in the D. I was adopted by parents that lived in Niles. We moved to Brighton because Daddy was a Michigan State Trooper. A Boy in Blue. A cop. Unfortunately, my parents got divorced when I was three years old. We moved to New Hudson. From there to Ann Arbor. Then we settled in our first purchased home in Pinckney. We lived in the country. A few miles from Half Moon Lake. A couple years later, we went back to Ann Arbor. I was an a young teen when we lived there. I still think of it as home. I was becoming a juvenile delinquent though so Mom moved me and Sis to Saline. It was about 20 miles from Ann Arbor. It was not my favorite place. I never fit in, but I did find some good friends. I still talk to some of them today.
When Roger Darling and I got married we settled in Tecumseh. It’s a quiet little town. Beautiful. I told Rog when the kids started school we weren’t moving. I did that too much as a kid. He agreed. He had lived in the same house in Milan until he moved out when he was 18 years old. We bought an old home. Built in the 1800’s. We were insane! We’ve done so much work to it. I don’t think we’ll ever be done renovating it. Ugh! I’ve begged Rog to move to Ann Arbor. I work at the University of Michigan. I love the vibe of the city. There is always something to do. We’d only need one vehicle. We could have a newer condo. Of course with the market the way it is it won’t be easy to sell our home. We’ll wait for a few more years till we put it on the market.
Our kids went to Tecumseh Public Schools till they graduated. They got the hell out and moved closer to their colleges. They come home, but they’re glad to leave. They go back to the big cities they live in. Our kids did have more opportunity living in a small community. I’m proud of their accomplishments. It’s helped them in their college careers. I envy them though. I wish to wake up in the morning and be in a condo in Ann Arbor. To be back at home. Where some of my best memories of growing up were created.
Of course then my friend Emily posts this video of our quaint little town. I forget sometimes how special the place is. It’s a good place to live. To raise your children. To be a part of the community. I’ll be sad when we leave it behind.