X marks the spot

“Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle.”

Have you ever heard that over the loud speaker as you waited to board a roller coaster? I love coasters. Love, love, love them. I love the anticipation of waiting in line. I love studying the riders as they exit the coaster to try and figure out if they loved it or if they’ll be looking for the nearest trash can so they can refund their lunch. I love the incline. I love the first big drop, the twists and turns and the general feeling of not being able to tell which way is up or down.

The Long family is about to hop on a roller coaster ride of our very own: we’re moving! And this is where:
We’re moving to Michigan. Did you know that you can use your hand to tell people where in Michigan you live? Pretty neat, huh? We’ll be living about 30-40 minutes outside of Detroit. Not sure which city just yet but Ken’s office will be in Farmington Hills.

Michigan is home to the following things that are not found in Florida: 4 seasons (including fall — yippie), many extremely large lakes, skiing, an abundance of snow, snow blowers, puffy jackets. And soon this list will include The Longs!

This Florida girl will miss her family more than words could ever begin to say. And if I try to figure out a way to put them down on paper (or my computer screen) I’ll just end up crying (and making my mom cry, too). So I won’t. At least not for now. Of this I am sure: the relationship we’ve spent the last 37 years building will prove to be the glue that holds us together during this time. And the plan is to get a house large enough to welcome all the friends and family that care to visit. However, I have this sneaky suspicion that we won’t be having too many visitors in the winter. But that’s just a guess.

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