Goodbye to Our Place

Dear West End Grill,

Of all the places in Ann Arbor that I’ve been to over the last six years, I’ll miss you the most. I think every time Josh shared a meal here together, we fell in love a little more. From birthdays and anniversaries to the once in a lifetime moments like Med School graduation and signing with a literary agent, West End Grill was the perfect setting.

Maybe it’s the stained glass, candlelight, and warm welcome that made us feel a little more special. Maybe it’s because Maleah knew our names and how we take our coffee that made us feel like we were part of something more than a business. Something comforting and familiar. It certainly helped that the sea-bass was outstanding and the duck risotto was incredible. Whatever it is that kept us coming back, you will always be “our place.” Every couple should have  a place like yours. Thanks for the memories!

Love and happiness,

Jody Sparks Mugele

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

2 thoughts on “Goodbye to Our Place

  1. Great post. That’s great that you’ll have a special place to remember living here by. It’s coming quick, isn’t it?

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