The Livin’ is Easy in Michiana

Our two weeks of summer magic meant everything

Jill Ebstein
The Penny Pub
Published in
4 min readJun 20, 2024


People walking near the shore, sunrise
Photo by David Straight on Unsplash

My mother-in-law had a dream.

It’s a dream I heard over and over again.

“We’re going to find a place to vacation for the summer in Michiana. You’re going to all love it!”

First, I didn’t think it would happen. She had a lot of dreams.

Then, when it happened, I was wary, but being the good family member I am, I played along.

Why wasn’t I excited?

Michiana is a small region that includes Lake Michigan. Except for the large lake, there is nothing scenic. It is trailer-park territory with a large discount shopping mall to round out the experience. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the diversity of how people live, but in truth, it didn’t speak to me.

Plus, we would be spending two weeks there.

Two weeks? Who gives up two weeks of vacation for an excessively hot, dry town in Bumblef**ck, Indiana, and is excited about it?

Answer: Minus the part about being excited, I did.

The first year was a bit rough. We didn’t have our habits down yet. Those habits became family tennis, skipping rocks on the water, biking, playing board…



Jill Ebstein
The Penny Pub

I’m about dogs, our lovable and peculiar families, business, and writing in a wide lane, including fiction. I’m a positivity washer too. www.jillebstein.com