Can I learn something from the life of 17-year-old Melissa Branon?
Celebrating my daughter-in-law's birthday today

Going back home for the day in Bay City, Michigan

Older baby-boomers, do you live away from the town or area where you were born and raised?  How long have you been gone?  How often do you get back?  Think you could ever move back?

Today, my wife and I went back to Bay City, Michigan, my hometown.  We helped a longtime friend celebrate 25 years as a Lutheran school teacher at Immanuel Lutheran where I attended school and where I went to church.  Then there was lunch at her home with her husband, her grown children and with the grandchildren.  

We then went to my aunt and uncles house  where I ate many, many meals and experienced many family get-togethers.  They are closing up their home as they approach 69 years of marriage and a change of residence to be near a daughter.

Could I move back?  I don't know.  The town feels different, with an overwhelming vibe of familiarity.


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This is the sanctuary of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bay City. I grew-up at this church. I went to the grade school here, Sunday School and attended Sunday services with my mother.