Last summer was one of the best summers I have ever had. People were lively and there was lots of fun to be had. It seemed that every weekend brought new adventures. When I returned to MI this spring I notice something is different. A silence in the streets that was wasn't present before. The local pub is closed at 10 pm on a Saturday night. Lights out early. Houses with tall grass line the streets. In these lawns are signs. It's obvious that over the winter my home has been hit hard by the economic turmoil of our country and the auto industry. In the news, 20,000 more jobs scheduled to be cut here in MI.
It's so hard to watch this place that I love so much fall on such bad times. Even our schools are downsizing. We have lost so many children that they are going to consolidate the two grade schools and add them all to our 6 through 12 high school. Kindergarten through 12 will all be in one building! At a time like this it's absolutely necessary but heart breaking.
All I hope for is that all the people that lose their jobs can find something else and that this doesn't last much longer.