This week, I have been trying to reflect on my time in Detroit so far. It is crazy that we have only three short weeks left. This weekend, my parents visited me, which was a good time. I tried to expose them to everything authentic Detroit using my experience here thus far. I think I did a pretty good job. Friday night, we went to Campus Martius park and ate at the restaurant Parc, which was delicious. Afterwards, I showed them the Tigers Stadium, the Fillmore Detroit, and the people mover. We walked along one of the main roads in Detroit: Woodward Avenue. I think they got a pretty good sense of what Downtown was like and were impressed. The next day, we visited Eastern Market, the Heidelberg Project, and the Motown museum. Eastern Market was delicious as always, Tyree said he expects me to come back to the Heidelberg Project, and the Motown tour was really well-done. It was awesome being back there for a second time. It was very cool to be in studio A, where so much legendary music was created. That night, we went to Midtown for a really cool jazz show with an interesting band called Strictly Fine. I like that name a lot.
On Sunday, my family and I visited the Ford Museum and Belle Isle. We did not get to go to the Rouge Factory because it was closed, but going to the Ford Museum again was definitely cool. I got to explore a lot of the museum that I had never even seen the first time. The exhibits in the museum are so moving and really tell a strong story about American history and Detroit. I really enjoyed the airplane exhibit, which I largely did not see the last time. The Lincoln/Civil Rights/African American exhibit was very moving. Being on the same bus that Rosa Parks was on is no small feat. After the Ford museum, we went to Belle Isle. We walked around the island and got to see Canada in all its glory. I think it is so cool and authentic to be on an island surrounded by two different countries. This is why I decided to make Belle Isle my picture this week. That night, me and my parents ate at Empire Kitchen in Midtown, which was really delicious. At the end of the night, I said bye to my parents.
Showing my parents the city I think helped me gain further insight into the real, authentic Detroit and all the city is and has to offer as the summer winds to a close. Throughout my life, I have learned that time moves too quickly. We need to take advantage of every moment and one of the best ways we can is by being authentic to ourselves and the people and community we surround ourselves with.