“So, do the guys at school ask you to frat parties?” my friend recently asked me.
My family went to the beach a lot when I was a child. We went so often that my three-year-old skin was tanned and my already blonde hair was bleached white. I had forgotten the sounds of the heavy waves crashing onto shore. They used to resonate deep into my chest like a drum. I forgot the seagull’s incessant pleas for food and the distinct fragrance of Lake Michigan air…until recently.
When I was 28, I decided it was time to purchase my own home. Up to that point, I had been hopping from apartment building to apartment building. I was dealing with neighbors who wouldn't leash their dogs or pick up after them. This can be an issue when you have your own dogs that you look after properly. There were random fire alarms that went off at 1 AM in the middle of winter, people stealing assigned parking spaces and of course, the occasional creepy neighbor.