I’m here in Midland, Michigan with Mom and the girls. We’re staying with a friend of hers in a house where I stayed for a week when I was around five. Mom’s friend didn’t live here then; other friends of my parents did, and they watched my sister Beth and me while they went on a trip.
So…I haven’t been in this particular house in over 35 years, but I tell you, there is a smell – a good one- it’s old, and welcoming, a little bit smoky, and it was here when I was five. Things are coming back, and years are falling away and it’s freaking me out in the most magical and wonderful way.
Tomorrow we’re going to the house I grew up in, and to our church, and a few other places that have stuck to me for my whole life. Sugnet School, 700 Columbia Road, Memorial Presbyterian Church – they are Gorilla-glued to my heart. I forgot how much I love this town. I would leave Athens to live here again, and that’s saying a lot. A LOT.