For me, music tells a decade's story. As Dick Clark said, "Music is the soundtrack of your life." Marvin Gaye asked, What's Going On, and we responded, Mercy, Mercy, Me. Roberta Flack wanted to know Where is the Love? and Aretha told us to Respect ourselves. Mandela was in jail but Donny Hathaway sang, Someday, We'll All Be Free. Inexplicably, living in a housing project was Good Times. Was it Just My Imagination or were we Up, Up, and Away?
I always liked to stay in bed, sleeping or not, just enjoying the warmth and security of my bed. It's a sunny day in July 1970. The phone rings. I answer. Someone wants us in Ann Arbor for a job interview for my husband. Big joke and I tell them that. Hang up phone. Go back to sleep. Friend calls husband that night and tell him about the call, but they want to know if his wife is crazy. He doesn't answer. He's afraid to tell them the truth, might hurt job interview.
OK. Let's take the free trip but promise me you won't take the job. Town too small. I love Chicago and couldn't bear to leave my family. We go to Ann Arbor. He breaks promise and takes job at the University of Michigan. We say good-bye to family and friends in Chicago. They don't want us to go. We pack. We move. And so begins a new adventure that will last 31 years.
We found an apartment with four bedrooms and three bathrooms to live in until we found a house. Pure luxury after living in a 900 sq. ft. home in Chicago. It was strange, we could live anywhere. No one cared that we were Black. They only wanted to know if we had the down payment.
No one was hiring and I needed a job. I discovered that the school system needed someone who knew the Taba Curriculum Development Model, a concept development model for social studies. I researched the model until I knew it well enough to get through the interview process and finally found myself a job. It was only part-time but it kept me off of I-94.
This was a totally different lifestyle for us. It was casual, free-thinking, intellectual, liberal, and everybody knew everything about you. In Ann Arbor, football is everything. Go Blue!