It’s already late November, and Thanksgiving is here. In Detroit, that means it is time to get up early and head over to Woodward Avenue to watch the 86th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade slide by. The Lions also play on Thanksgiving Day, a long-held traditional game they have played without interruption since 1946. It’s also time to be thankful for what we have and to remember the many people out of work, those dealing with foreclosures, and unfortunately the homeless people who I see wandering the streets.
Thanksgiving is also time for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. So where does one buy turkeys in Detroit? Eastern Market had fresh ones when I was there this past Saturday as did University Market near Wayne State University. The Honey Bee Market in the city’s Mexicantown neighborhood has them, and so does Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe in Mid-town. I’m sure many other independent markets scattered across the city have them ready to go too.
There’s one place you won’t be able to purchase a Thanksgiving turkey, and that’s the store where this wall sign appears. It is an unusually painted sign because at first glance, the six black images looked to me like turkeys all lined up in a row. But in reality, the images represent hands; hands that show unity and togetherness. Not a bad theme for Thanksgiving.
I’ve seen “neighborhood unity” type signs on my bike travels in Detroit, but never any like this, with hands that look much like turkeys. So don’t be confused if you see this. It’s not about turkeys, it’s about togetherness. Happy Thanksgiving all!