Russell will be leaving Brooklyn and the New York City area in the few days; he’ll be heading to the Detroit area to begin the Master’s program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Moving from the East Coast to the Midwest can be an adjustment. Kish and I had the same experience years ago, when we moved from Washington, D.C. to Columbus. On the East Coast, you travel by subway and walk a lot. In the Midwest, it’s a car culture. On the East Coast, you tend not to make eye contact with people on the street. In the Midwest, you’re likely to get a friendly greeting and a cheerful hello from a complete stranger you pass in the street. On the East Coast, the tempo is rapid. In the Midwest, the pace is slower. The cultural and social differences are many, and frequently you don’t fully appreciate them until you’ve moved and you’ve noticed the abrupt change.
Even when you were born and raised in one area, you adopt the rhythms and mores of your new home. Russell’s lived on the East Coast now for six years. We’ll be looking forward to welcoming him back to his roots and getting him back into that Midwest state of mind.