Whether you moved away from Michigan years ago or simply took a brief sabbatical from your life in the Great Lakes State, one thing is for sure: Michigan’s influence will always be with you. Here are thirteen thoughts that you’re sure to have upon leaving our beloved state.
1. “Why aren't people waving at me?”
If you grew up in a small town in Michigan, chances are that you got used to waving and smiling at everyone you passed on the street. When life takes you away from the Mitten State, you might just find that people would rather stare down at their phones than make eye contact with strangers. It’s a hard pill to swallow for friendly Michiganders!
2. “You call THIS cold?”
Seriously? A snow day for two inches of snow and 30-degree weather? We Michiganders are often baffled by out-of-staters’ responses to chilly weather. Then again, we can’t complain about work being cancelled in our new neighborhoods for weather that wouldn’t even make us bat an eye back in Michigan.
3. “I need a beach day.”
After a stressful work week, Michiganders are lucky to have access to our stunning Great Lakes. Even in colder months, our beaches are a sight to behold and a perfect natural escape. When you move away from Michigan, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself longing for the comfort of the Great Lakes.
4. “How am I supposed to show people where I’m from without using my hand?”
This is one Michigan tradition that will always baffle people from other states. It’s tough to be asked which part of Michigan you’re from by new friends and neighbors — they’ll stare at you like you have two heads when you point to a spot on your hand. But… what other way is there?
5. “Where can I get a nice glass of Vernor’s around here?”
Sure, Vernor’s can be found outside of Michigan, but it doesn’t hold half the esteem it holds here in the Great Lakes State. When you’ve got an upset stomach or just a hankering for that bubbly Vernor’s taste, you’ll have to search a little harder after moving away from your Michigan home.
6. “I wish I could make a run to Meijer or Kroger.”
Other grocery stores are fine, but there’s nothing quite like the familiarity of Kroger or Meijer when you need to grab a few items. If you move away from the Midwest, you might just find yourself longing for your favorite place to shop. Strange but true!
7. “Why does everybody stare at me when I ask for the nearest party store?”
This might come as a surprise, but the term “party store” is a Michigan creation! When you no longer reside here, you’ll likely draw plenty of confused stares when you ask to be pointed toward a party store.
8. “If only I could get outdoors…”
If you’ve relocated to a place without the natural resources or outdoor wonder that Michigan has, you’ll notice a distinct lack of fresh air in your life. Former Michiganders often long for hikes along the lake, cross-country skiing adventures, and summertime cliff-jumping from the shores of Marquette.
9. “I need a weekend Up North.”
Nothing says relaxation quite like a quick trip Up North, and we Michiganders are lucky to have such easy access to a total escape from “real life.” When you move away from home, you might find yourself missing that close proximity to your beautiful longtime cottage or favorite inland lake.
10. “I miss my family.”
This is a no-brainer. Michigan means home, and home usually means family. If your loved ones are still back in the Mitten State, a piece of your heart will always be there.
11. “I would do anything to watch a Lake Michigan sunset right now.”
Seriously. You can hunt sunsets around the world, but few will compare to the glowing beauty spotted on the Lake Michigan shoreline. When you’ve had a rough day, it’s hard not to long for the calming hues of a Great Lakes sunset.
12. “I wish it were homecoming weekend.”
If you stayed in Michigan for college, many of your best memories are likely tied to these days. Whether you attended the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Tech, or any of our state’s amazing schools, there’s no nostalgia quite like college nostalgia. Homecoming weekend is often a magical time to reconnect with friends and re-live those glory days — don’t you wish it could happen every weekend?
13. “There’s no place like home.”
No matter how far we stray, Michigan will always be home. And for that, we can be forever grateful.
Have you lived away from Michigan? What was the most difficult part of your adjustment to a new place?