so we moved to michigan about 10 months ago and survived the winter and watched it give way to the most beautiful summer i’ve ever experienced. in fact, i’m quite sure that ROF is tired of hearing me say:
it actually sounds more like this: “i looooovvvve it!” and i’m saying that because i really do. i appreciate all the uniqueness that michigan has to offer that i’m not used to like:
big beautiful lakes with sandy beaches – everywhere
cool summer mornings and evenings
stays light out in the summer until almost 10pm
the change of seasons
the hope and the grit of detroit
how nuts people are over cool cars
but then i realized something kind of big. i actually have been programmed to LOVE IT.
growing up, i lived in cincinnati, cleveland, troy, boston, grand blanc, milwaukee, chicago, dallas, detroit. i went to 3 different high schools in 3 different states. even more elementary schools and during all these moves, both my mom and dad got us really excited for change by making it really fun and exciting. it could have been as simple as going for ice cream as a kid smushed in the way back of a vintage corvette or picking blueberries in the woods in boston to dad getting us the presidential suite at the hilton on michigan avenue, loading the beds with a bunch of cubs t-shirts and hats and taking us to dinner at the 95th floor of the hancock building. i learned to LOVE change. to love new houses, new opportunities.
so it’s not that i don’t truly loooooove it – as i say about something almost every day, because i do. it’s just that realization that i think i’ve always been an “appreciator”!