BY KATHY GIBBONS
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — It’s been three years since I’ve actually lived here full-time in the summer.
This year will mark the fourth.
I came back to Traverse City and the Record-Eagle eight months ago after working out of town and just coming home weekends for three years. It felt good to be back in my house full-time. It was nice to return to a job in a place that was familiar — I’d worked here about 16 years before — in the community I know, and vice versa.
Finally, the moms’ group that has been getting together since our kids were in high school would plan a weeknight gathering and I could attend. I reconnected with friends I hadn’t seen in a couple of years.
So settled was I that I adopted two adult cats.
But over the winter, some things changed and I realized that I needed to earn more.
I did a lot of freelance work and took a seasonal part-time job on weekends. But it wasn’t a permanent solution. Plus, life isn’t a lot of fun if you’re working all of the time. It doesn’t mean much to live in beautiful Traverse City if all you do is move from one computer to another, morning to evening.
Well, a position that’s a great match for my background came along downstate. I start in a few weeks.
Once again I’m apartment hunting — this time for a place that allows cats. I’m trying to declutter and depersonalize my house to sell it, or rent it short term the way my family has rented houses where we could all stay together when attending weddings out of town.
With my decision made, I’m looking forward to the new job and see this move as a chance to get reacquainted with the area where I grew up.
Tigers games, concerts, Eastern Market, Mexicantown and the best enchiladas in the world, and being four hours closer to anywhere I typically want to go that isn’t here (i.e., Toronto, Florida, Metro Airport and not insignificantly, my son and his wife in New York, who are expecting a baby in June) are all appealing.
I have family and friends in metro Detroit, including my daughter and her husband — the cherry on top.
Traverse City is home. I hope to maintain some type of base here, no matter what. I wasn’t planning on leaving again, or wouldn’t have come back.
But life is too short to not have balance and peace of mind. And that’s what I’m after.
It’s been great getting to know so many of you through this column over the years. This newspaper is such a part of the fabric of the community, and I hope and trust that whether you read it in print, online or on your phone, that will never change.
Reach Kathy Gibbons at firstname.lastname@example.org.