Ok, so like usual I promised to write more and haven’t. Like everyone, 2020 has been a year. So, with that in mind, I wanted to drop in for a quick update before I lost track of time yet again.
Let’s revisit the Before Times briefly.:
I started a new job in March! Yes, after being in the freelance wilderness for the better part of two years, I landed a full-time role leading full-stack social. I know it is gross to say things like “full stack” but there’s not really a better way to describe what I do. It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time and being across organic and paid makes a huge difference in how I approach the work.
Thus concludes the Before Times portion of this post.
I walked across the hall on March 12th to let my boss know I’d be leaving work that afternoon to drive home. The kids were going to be home from school as everything got figured out. I figured it would be a few weeks. Boy, was I wrong!
Did I mention the new job meant we needed to get the house on the market? Did I mention that Michigan real estate effectively closed and didn’t reopen until May? Are you familiar with market dynamics on metro Detroit in a downturn? Let’s just say it was a wild summer where we weren’t really sure we were moving until our things were loaded on the truck.
A quick note on Detroit: we miss it. I am writing an ode to the city and our friends there in a later installment.
The boys? They’ve been heroic. Imagine your own kids (if you have some) and then remote school them, shut down their sports AND then move 600 miles from the only place they’ve really known as home. It’s a workout to say the very least. I’m insanely proud of them for being so brave, but it hurts.
Us adults? Well, it’s funny to be back and not quite home. Moving to Detroit was probably the hardest thing we’ve ever done; Charlie was in kindergarten, Archie was an infant, we had no support network. Spend nearly six years in a place with school-aged kids and everything changes. We unexpectedly made dear friends quicker than we imagined and now we’ve been cast back east in a pandemic. It makes the work days seem much longer.
It’s hard to reconcile the very real life, adult aspects of a move that’s professionally right for both of us, but socially very difficult. We’ll figure it out, all of us, but it’s going to take some time. For now, we’re happy to have our health and jobs intact. Like everyone, we’re taking it a day at a time.