Ok, so like usual I promised to write more and havenâ€™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.
Letâ€™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 â€œfull stackâ€ but thereâ€™s not really a better way to describe what I do. Itâ€™s something Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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 didnâ€™t reopen until May? Are you familiar with market dynamics on metro Detroit in a downturn? Letâ€™s just say it was a wild summer where we werenâ€™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? Theyâ€™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 theyâ€™ve really known as home. Itâ€™s a workout to say the very least. Iâ€™m insanely proud of them for being so brave, but it hurts.
Us adults? Well, itâ€™s funny to be back and not quite home. Moving to Detroit was probably the hardest thing weâ€™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 weâ€™ve been cast back east in a pandemic. It makes the work days seem much longer.
Itâ€™s hard to reconcile the very real life, adult aspects of a move thatâ€™s professionally right for both of us, but socially very difficult. Weâ€™ll figure it out, all of us, but itâ€™s going to take some time. For now, weâ€™re happy to have our health and jobs intact. Like everyone, weâ€™re taking it a day at a time.