Listen, I have said it before and I will say it again “city life is not for everyone.” But I don’t hate on the suburbs so please don’t tell me everything that is wrong with the choices we have made as a family. Just recognize that we have a difference of opinion and that is ok. In fact, that is what makes the world a beautiful place.
I am not blind. I recognize that living in Detroit has its obstacles. But we love this city and are rewarded daily for the choice we have made. We would honestly be bored living in a small town. We lived in Ann Arbor before this. That was great but Ryan had two hours a day in the car. TWO HOURS that he could have been spending with Jack and me. Now his commute is 10 minutes each way. Doesn’t get much better.
You may ask “why the rant Callie?” Well, last month I joined a forum for Detroit moms. Funny thing is, there are not a lot of Detroit proper ladies on there. A mom from LA created a post titled “Moving to Detroit.” She was moving from California to Southeast Michigan and wanted some suggestions on where to live. I was the sixteenth person to respond and the first to suggest Detroit.
Recently this mother posted that they found a house in University District and were excited to make the move. That’s when the haters got to hatin’. “Downtown isn’t really safe and the schools are horrible!!!” “You’ll have to find [a] private school or move.”
I get it. Detroit isn’t for you. Doesn’t mean it is a bad choice. Just like Royal Oak isn’t for me but it does not mean it is a bad choice.
I guess the thing that bothers me in all of this is that she made a choice. She stated how happy she was about the choice she made and these people just had to put it down. Why? What good does it do them? Had she chose to move to Grosse Pointe I would not have sent her a negative message. WHAT IS RIGHT FOR ONE FAMILY IS NOT ALWAYS RIGHT FOR ANOTHER!!!
Sorry to ramble on. I know this is not my usual post. Just couldn’t help myself.
With love from Detroit,