After much deliberation, Richard and I have finally decided to buy property in the Ann Arbor area. I have so many emotions in regards to buying because it will really solidify my presence here in America. Sure, I’ve been here since March, have a full time job and occasionally pronounce words such as ‘on’ like ‘ahn,’ but I still don’t feel like I’m really here.
With renting, I can pick up and move back to the Great White North anytime I please. Renting makes my status here in America feel temporary – which I love. I try not to America-bash too much, especially when confronted with real, “these colors don’t run” Americans, but I love my country and hope that Richard and I will settle there for good once he’s done school. If we put roots down in America I get a little freaked out, as if my whole plan to peace out of here in 5 years will be impossible. Don’t get me wrong, Ann Arbor is by no means a terrible place to live, but have you been to Canada? It’s like, totally awesome.
My anxiety really stems from Bruno Tomasini, our Ford dealership car salesman. Bruno is a tough looking, non-stop talking, former hockey player who now makes his living at selling cars in Ann Arbor. After speaking with him while we waiting on our car to be ready, he told us how he’s originally from Canada and has been in Michigan for 20+ years. He moved here to be with his wife. Sound familiar? I would NEVER have guessed Bruno was Canadian. He had a full blown Michigan accent, admitted he was pulling for Team USA’s Men’s hockey team to win gold at the Olympics (!!) and is a fan of the Red Wings. I’m still not sure how such a transformation is possible, but I suppose that is what 20+ years in the land of the free can do to a person.
To sum up my feelings of buying a home here: I fear I will become Bruno. I don’t want to lose all of my Canadian-ness but how am I suppose to live my life while always reminding myself “this is temporary.” That attitude makes it easy to not care about figuring out my career and making awesome friends since I plan to leave sooner than later. I’m really hoping that finding our first home will help me get over it and push me to start really living my life in Ann Arbor.
Does anyone have tips for us first-time home buyer’s? Do you think I will slowly start developing a Michigan accent?