There are so many things I love about Ann Arbor–the feel of community, the wonderful proximity to the University, the affordable cost of living. I could go on in more minute details about why I love it so (I’m starting to think there was something more in that kool-aid I drank)–but there are downsides, too.
No, I’m not talking about winter. (But reader beware–it will be here before you know it and then pretty much all of my blog posts will be about how much I hate snow and cold). What I am talking about is how this is a city full of transients. While I love the fact that there is a great big University in town, I hate that people come here with the intention of eventually leaving. This is especially hard when the people who come here are so frigging awesome and I start to love them and their company and their families and YET THEY STILL LEAVE. I’m tempted to quote Huey Lewis and the “Power of Love” here but am restraining myself.
So this upcoming week two (2!) of the moms’ that I have come to care for so much are departing this wonderful town and they are taking their children (and their husbands) with them. BOLLOCKS I SAY. One to Washington DC and the other to North Carolina. Both are places I would like to visit but, let’s be honest, there’s nothing that can recapture and impromptu walk to the Farmers Market with baby in tow or a mom’s get-together brunch where alcohol before 11am is fully encouraged and good heart warming conversation is the norm.
I wish I had better photos of them all together, but alas, I am reaching into the depths of my archives for these. January 2010. They weren’t even one! But it just shows how they’ve known each other a majority of their short lives.
…and so to Laurie, Scott & Charlie and Kelly, Owen & Lars we wish you safe travels and great times on your respective journeys and upcoming adventures. I was secretly always hoping you’d both stay in Ann Arbor (I blame Barack Obama for such audacity)…but have come to terns with your imminent departure. I cannot imagine going through these first two years without either of you and will miss you all so very very much.