Sunday, April 01, 2012

My DD is finishing up her PhD this summer.  Long ago, when asked what she wanted to do when she was an adult she responded, "Go to school.  It's what I do best."  And with the exception of a few years working in her field after her Master's degree, she has managed to go to school.  Now, with the approach of the real working world in front of her she has managed to again find a way to "go to school" as she has landed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan.  It's quite a honor in her field and she is thrilled.  Today, however, I sense a certain reality setting in.  We both know that this is a good move and that everything will work out fine.  Her partner will find a job, and if the first job isn't a good one she'll find another, and they will find an acceptable place to live, and they will sell or rent their current home, and they will start again.   But uprooting their comfortable situation with a cute house, good neighborhood, good friends, and all the knowns, for all of the unknowns of this totally alien place that neither of them has even visited is scary.  I heard her say a number of times "I know it will all be fine."  and she sounded just like me.  But of anyone out there is familiar with Ann Arbor/Detroit and any jobs in the community health and housing field, let me know.  They are going to need all the help they can get.

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