Sunday, July 10, 2011
Detroit is right HERE
Last weekend was quite an adventure. The first of my summer trips: Michigan. I'd never been to Michigan before (except a layover at the Detroit airport, which doesn't really count), so what better time than the present? As my grandma used to say, "I'm not getting any younger!"
The real reason for the trip was to attend Mike's cousin's wedding. But there was an other-side-of-the-family birthday party the same weekend. How convenient!
How overwhelming. The whole family. Both sides. Not a single person missing. All in three days.
But I survived. No one chased me away, and everyone was very nice. I had been warned about a select few (who shall remain nameless, as I know you're all reading this), but even they were welcoming. Even Mike's Aunt Sandy. :)
Friday when we arrived to Detroit, Mike's parents met us at the airport. We picked up the car and took a quick tour of the old Polish neighborhood, and of course 8 Mile. Complete with kids playing by the "Crackheads live here" sign in the park. Awesome. We then made it to Mike's grandparents' house, where everyone was gathered for dinner and birthday celebration #1. We ate lots of food, looked at old pictures, and I soaked it all in--trying to tell one uncle from another, figuring out who belonged to who, and keeping everyone straight. Quite a task, given 25+ new faces in a few short hours. Then it was off to Mike's Uncle Mark's house, where we were staying for the weekend.