WHAT UP DOE
I think writer Natasha T. Miller says it best when explaining what the Detroit greeting “What Up Doe” means:
“What Up Doe, Whadupdoe, Waddupdoe: It’s a greeting, a phrase, a word with multiple spellings, yet one meaning — home.”
Miller says “What Up Doe” isn’t just a saying– it’s a Detroit feeling. In her article, she says this is how some of her friends describe the meaning of “What Up Doe”:
“It’s the feeling I imagine Wakandans get when they cross their arms over their chest.
It’s a verbal hug, a recognition of your humanity and hustle.
It is love and home.”
In the Spring of 2015, my husband and I relocated to Detroit after his military service ended. Travis was active duty Army for 8.5 years and he was medically discharged because of a combat injury.
We now live in Metro Detroit– about 8 miles outside of the Detroit city limits. WE LOVE DETROIT!
I can honestly say since living here, the people I have met in Detroit have been very welcoming. That “Detroit feeling” Miller describes in her article— it’s REAL. The Detroit feeling is very catching and I’ve been hooked ever since!
WHY I CREATED GOOD LIFE DETROIT
I think it’s “the Detroit feeling” that led me to create Good Life Detroit. At first, I started the blog to share photographs of my family’s big move to the city.
Next thing I knew, we were attending more Detroit events, exploring the city, and learning more about the Detroit’s diverse culture.
We started connecting with people who lived in Detroit and the metro area. I had to share our beautiful experiences with someone and the blog was a perfect place to share our journey!
Here are a few articles to get you started:
A LABOR OF LOVE
Good Life Detroit is a labor of love and I’m working hard to bring you quality content. I’m happy to have you here!
Thank you for reading the blog. Email me if you have a question, an article idea, or you just wanna say hi. 🙂
Love & Peace,
All photographs are courtesy of Jennifer Hamra for Good Life Detroit.
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