Visiting Home

Posted by on Sep 28, 2009 in Edwin Goes to Cooking School and I don't... | 8 comments


Maybe it’s a result of never having lived in any community for longer than 20 years, and that only once, that I’ve realized I have a two communities I consider my former homes – Grand Rapids where I lived from the 5th grade until I was 40 and Traverse City where I lived for the next 10 years.  What makes these places home, of course, are people who remain there who love and welcome me, places with many wonderful and some not-so-wonderful memories, and a piece of myself left behind.

This week finds me in Traverse City – truly the most beautiful place I have ever lived and I often think #1 of everywhere I have visited as well.  I was hardly within the city limits before I pulled over and sat and watched the water.  It was sunny when I pulled up and the water one of the hues of blue that only Grand Traverse Bay seems capable of creating.  I drove by the two houses that were our homes in Traverse City – one where the 3 of us, Nik, Malina and I, began our adventure in Northern Michigan and then the great 1894 farmhouse that became the home of the Swiatek/Haswell family when Ed came into our lives. 

The wine store is again named "The Blue Goat".  That parking ramp really did get built downtown.  Somewhere there is a vodka distillery.  Meijer remains open 24 hours a day and you can’t go there without running into someone you know.  The big sailboats are docked all along M-22 today, glistening in the rain. 

I didn’t get to click my ruby slippers together – in fact, it’s a family medical emergency that brings me here.  But, gosh, it’s good to be home. 


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