It’s a new year…what makes it new for you? WordPress has challenged us to look around and find something new. For those of us in Detroit this Sunday it’s an obvious choice. The Detroit Lions are playing football in post season, their first foray into playoff football in many years. Since 1992 to be exact. 1992 might not seem so long ago until you remember that the senior Bush was president, and Black or White by Michael Jackson was the number one song.
Outside city offices in downtown Detroit sits a sculpture titled The Spirit of Detroit. In the Spirit’s left hand is a gilt bronze sphere symbolizing God, and in his right hand are people representing family. And when one of our sports teams is in the playoffs the Spirit dons a team jersey.
It’s something very new for the Detroit Lions, but this weekend The Spirit of Detroit is sporting a jersey of Hawaii blue and silver.
And while we’re on the topic of Detroit, the blue jersey may be new, but being tough sure isn’t. Across the street from The Spirit of Detroit is another sculpture, a memorial to the boxer Joe Lewis.
Detroit has just come out of bankruptcy and is blossoming into a new leaner and more vibrant city. It’s turning into the kind of city where parents take a newborn downtown to be photographed in front of an iconic sculpture. The kind of city where people smile and wait patiently in a gentle cold sleet for their turn at photographs. Where they know the meaning of family and toughness and patience.
It’s a new Detroit and I can’t wait to see it in this new year.
And… Go Lions!