I’m in my son’s new car tying on the computer (incredible technology to be able to type a column and push a button to send this to the edito over the internet!)with my grandson in the back seat. We’re driving south on I-75 from Detroit in the snow which is one of the memories we left behind when we moved to Georgia in 1971 from Motown; it was also one of the reasons because 1970 was a frigid winter in Detroit!)
The primary reason we were in Detroit for the weekend was to get a car for my son but while we were there we decided to get tickets to the Detroit Red Wings game with the NY Rangers but don’t ask me who won! Luke is a real hockey fan after being to several Macon Mayhem games.
Of course after the game, which was being played in the last season of the legendary Joe Lewis Arena in downtown Detroit, we needed a place to stay. My daughter in law, who made our travel arrangements, made that special too; she put us up in The Crowne Plaza, right across the street from the arena. But what she didn’t know was that this was the same hotel where I introduced my fiancée to my parents back in 1968; what a déjà vu memory that was!
Then when we got hungry we wailed to the GM Headquarters building on Jefferson Ave for lunch at the food court. That was just south of the Chrysler assembly plant where I used to work. Can you imagine a new car rolling off the assembly line every minute? That’s what we were doing even back in the day!
And of course everywhere we went we had the radio tuned to familiar stations known for that Motown music that our generation grew up on. And on the way from the airport to the hotel, we took an inadvertent detour which took us past the very first apartment my wife and I lived in for four years after we got married. We stopped to shoot some pictures of course.
So much for my old memories; I really could go on and on and bore you to death. But for my grandson it was a whole new world. We left at 2:30 AM to catch the Groome shuttle to the airport, and then went through a TSA security search, down the escalator to the automated airport train.
But of course the biggest thrill of the trip for Luke we his first airplane ride….in a window seat of course! It’s always fascinating to fly through and then over the clouds for the first time; and Luke loved it (except for our unexpected deicing delay in Charlotte). Of course he had to miss a day of school but he sure didn’t miss a day of learning!
Once again, the weekend was all about memories….. making new ones for Luke and recalling old ones for me. I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more precious life’s memories become. And mostly, I remember the good stuff and forget the bad. I hope it’s the same for you.
It was great to be back in Motown again. I hope our new president is serious in his promise to help them get back on their real economic footing again with more jobs.
Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week!
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