This is for my five grandchildren, two of whom are unborn and are expected early this coming spring. This is to show you where I grew up. Living here for the first 18 years of my life helped shape me into the person I am today.
The section of Bay City where I grew up is known as Banks because it's on the banks of the Saginaw River which goes out into the Saginaw Bay. The town was divided by the river and connected by a series of bridges that swung open whenever a boat needed to go through.
I grew up watching boats, all kinds of them, gravel boats, foreign ships, guided missile destroyers built at a nearby shipyard and sailboats. I never lost my fascination with tugboats, little boats with lots of pushing and pulling power. I even rode on two local tugs as they pushed around boats to turn them in and out of tight spots.
Our house had five apartments. My mom and I lived in one and she rented the others. As you can see in this picture, the house was really old. I know that it went back to the time of the lumber barons who made fortunes being close to water where they could float logs to local mills.
I remember lots of Christmases spent in our little apartment. It was basic housing for us. It was our home. My mother finally moved after I graduated from college.