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Michigan March 25, 2016

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

My mind carries some nearly preverbal images from a summer apartment in one of the Lansings: a balcony, a fire escape, a baby next door, a doll, a visit from my aunt.

I don’t go back until I’m seventeen, when I take a small plane from State College to Muskegon on my own and then head to a two-week girls’ camp* on Lake Michigan, where my introversion continues to imprison me. The sand dunes are beautiful. I play cricket for the first and only time.

I go back to Michigan just once more, I think, the next summer, as an older guy’s plus-one at a wedding, which my parents do not want to allow, but I break their will (because, truly—it’s an innocent relationship in the extreme [insert eye roll here]). As we drive into Flint, he stops to purchase a Vernors—a ginger ale and Michigan classic—and proudly presents it to this Mason-Dixon–line gal who has never even heard of it.

I switch jobs just before I’m to work a meeting on Mackinac Island, likely blowing my chance to ever see it.

I like to drink coffee from my Kalamazoo diner mug, a gift from my first out-of-town visitors to this Parts West house.

Been there?: Yes


*In looking up this camp  online, I discover that it is directed by a woman long married to but recently separated from a semifamous singer songwriter who is a college friend of a friend. Hunh.



1. guacachocolatte - March 25, 2016

Oh my gosh, I was back in California enjoying the wine and when I looked up, here you are in Michigan. I definitely need to get moving… after one more glass of wine…

P.S. Can any place name top “Kalamazoo”?

indigobunting - March 26, 2016

I don’t think so. It’s fabulous.

Mali - April 15, 2016

I’m partial to Timbuctoo. But Kalamazoo is pretty wonderful!

2. Bridgett - March 28, 2016

I wonder if this is the same camp a friend just sent her child to last summer…I have a friend from Kalamazoo and she has a coffee mug that says, “Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo.”

3. Mali - April 15, 2016

I’m loving this series.

Mali - April 15, 2016

Oh, and I’m very proud that I pronounce it Mishigan, whereas most kiwis will say – incorrectly I think? – Mitchigan. Or have I got it all wrong?

indigobunting - April 15, 2016

You’ve got it right!

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