sWell (shakewell) wrote,

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back home again in warren, mi

1. Go To Mapquest.com
2. Click on Directions
3. Enter your Current Address and the Address of your Childhood Home (or at least the town if you don't remember the exact address)
4. Put the time and distance in a post like this.
5. Don't forget to repost these directions. (Not the door to door ones!)

Indianapolis, IN 46202-2966 --> Warren, MI 48089, US
Total Est. Time: 5 hours, 12 minutes Total Est. Distance: 328.02 miles

despite the fact that i couldn't remember my house number, those directions took me just half a block away from my old house. it stopped at the corner of burg and engleman. we lived on burg. our friends steve and kristen lived half a block down engleman. my first boyfriend kurtis lived just next door to them. litte ceasar's pizza was at the end of the block.

my brother was a safety (a crossing guard) at that burg/engleman intersection. i slipped and fell on the ice one year. my lunch spilled into the road. the nurse checked my butt to see if i hurt myself. it always creeps me out to think about that day. i don't remember her getting fresh with me, but i sure didn't like her putting her damn hands in my pants.

good old peck elementary where we ran laps in gym class to the ghostbusters theme song. where some older kids spray painted a big 8-ball on the front facade. where i spent my summers at peck rec.

i loved warren so much. and i hated madison with just as much passion.

and while madison feels more like my hometown than anywhere else now, it will never feel like home the way warren did. it's the first house i really remember. it's my first friends and my first boyfriend. it's my first day of school and my first favorite teacher. it's the first of my birthdays i can recall. my first pet. my first bicycle. my first sled ride.

it's just about my first everything.

too bad you can never go home again.
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