Michigan, land of my ancestors. I have never visited this state which I am hoping to change in the distant future. My Mother was born and raised in Michigan. She did her best as we were growing up in the South to make sure we didn't have a Southern drawl in our speech. At the dinner table I remember her playing a game reminiscent of the scene in My Fair Lady where Professor Higgins is trying to clear the cockney accent from Eliza. We had to keep saying in rounded tones, "How Now Brown Cow", without the trace of a drawl. It worked until we would go outside and play with the neighbors and shout out, "Hey y'all!"
Our nephew is working on a family reunion for not this summer but next. The extended family is now scattered all across the country. We do have many votes for a beach reunion as we are all beach lovers. However we are having a ground swell of votes for going to the land of the great matriarchs birth, Michigan. Mom grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. We have family there, in Ann Arbor and the younger brother of the nephew in charge of the reunion has moved to Michigan within the last few months, not far from Detroit.
We know from family history that the family had a summer home on Mackinac Island. So we are considering perhaps that as a central point and we can all tour around from there. I don't know how it will all turn out but I sure am excited about finally getting a chance to visit the roots of my Mom and her family. I guess I better start practicing my, "How Now Brown Cow" as living in North Carolina for 26 years has done nothing but add to my drawl!