We spent our second date at the Detroit Zoo (technically in Royal Oak). We used to head to the D often for sporting events, to visit the Detroit Institute of Art or just to visit friends. That was our life before we had dogs and now a child, but Detroit is a place that has always captured both of our hearts.
Detroit has its challenges, and it's by no means perfect. But perfect is so boring! Its gritty resiliency is inspiring. Its spirit is contagious. We go to Detroit and daydream about what it would be like to live there. We love it, and if our professional lives allowed we'd move there in a minute.
Our son turned six months old last weekend, and in all that time my husband and I had not gone on a date by ourselves. We've gone out with friends, but mostly we just take our little dude with us. He's portable like that. For my husband's birthday I got him tickets to a Tigers game and the promise of a day together in one of our favorite cities.
|A rainy walk through Capitol Park, my fav park in the city|
|Bloody's and brunch at Cliff Bell's|
As we walked around downtown we were both struck by our extraordinary draw to the city. My husband said he recently heard a quote that Detroit is like jazz: you either get it or wish you did. We get it, and we love it. I started setting up the soft sell. I can work from anywhere. My office has its headquarters in Ann Arbor, so Detroit is definitely workable. Detroit is an hour closer to my family in West Virginia. Of course there's that little matter of having purchased a house last year, but houses are sellable.
|At Comerica Park before the heavens opened|