For 11 years now I’ve been living a double life. No, I’m not a secret agent, nor do I have a husband and kids living in another state. I do, however, have roots planted in two places — here in the Greater Lansing area and also in my original hometown of Lapeer, Mich. When people ask me where I’m from the answer can vary. It’s that moment where I’m not quite sure what to say. Technically, my hometown is Lapeer. I was born there, raised there and my family history is rich in that community. Still, for nearly 11 years now I’ve called the Greater Lansing area home. It’s getting to the point, for better or worse, where I’m almost as well-known here as I am in Lapeer. I recently read a blog post by a fellow Lansing transplant who said that she was no longer going to reference her original hometown when people asked where she was from. She felt she has been here long enough and loved the Lansing area so much that this was now officially her hometown. While I can certainly appreciate where she is coming from, especially considering all of the amazing things she has done for the community, I am just not quite there yet. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that my family is so rooted in Lapeer, or perhaps because, although living there as a newlywed twenty-something didn’t quite fit, there is still something about the town that calls to me. For now, however, the Lansing area is where I belong. It’s where my two-person family is meant to be and we couldn’t be happier that this is where we’ve landed. What’s even better is that since arriving in the area more than a decade ago (whoa time flies), the community has evolved into this enthusiastic, positive bunch, ready to make things happen. Being lumped in with this group? Well, it’s an honor. Calling this my home town away from home? Well, it’s only natural. And since my double life is far from breaking any laws, I think it’s safe to say that I see two hometowns as an advantage. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without having lived and spent quality time in both places. So, until the FBI calls with my next assignment, Lansing is where you’ll find me and Lapeer is where you’ll find my history and both places are my home sweet homes.
Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.