Scenes of Home: Michigan
Did you move as a kid/teenager? I did. My family moved from Michigan to Tennessee. When people ask me where I'm from, I used to say, "Tennessee". But recently I've been saying, "Tennessee and Michigan." Perhaps I should start saying, "Arizona", since we've lived here for four years. That's where my kids are from, but not me yet. After we move I'm sure I'll add Arizona to my list. It's odd, how a place becomes home, sometimes in retrospect.
One of the things I really want for my kids is for them to have good memories of their childhood. I have great memories of Michigan as a kid. I lived there for 15 years so if how you measure home is based on length, it's the homiest place for me. As a kid, in the summertime, I thought Michigan was the prettiest place in the world. It's super green and the trees make a canopy over the road almost always. I lived in the country. so I roamed fields and woods and my backyard by day and read in my room with my sisters by night. My family had lived in the same area for generations, so even now when I visit my grandma points out homes my family members lived in and land my family once farmed. Humble roots, and I am proud of them and of my golden childhood that was spent in the green outdoors, surrounded by family who loved me.
I took my kids to visit a few months ago. My grandparents still live there so I stayed with them. My baby was too little to appreciate it, but my two year old had the golden country experience I hoped he would, rolling down hills and visiting the pond and the stream and the basketball court and the apple trees. Playing in the fields and woods. Even watching some home videos of me and my cousins. My childhood came alive again for both of us, and it felt slow and golden and sweet.
Here are some places that will always be home.