I’m within a
couple of hours an hour of watching the Macy’s parade for the first time since I was in NYC. While I was in Manhattan I was looking at familiar street sides from watching the parades in the past. Now I can look at the reverse perspective. I’m still going to bitch about focusing on all the terrible music and celebrities.
I shed a lot of tears before, during, and after my party last weekend. The during ones strangely were about my visit to NYC. NYC was one of the many experiences I’ve lacked in sharing in the past couple of months, but I’ll give you the short of it.
The day of my trip to New England was not full of excitement – quite the opposite actually. I was dreading it. First I had to work a few hours that morning. Then my flight was delayed. That in turn pushed me into rush hour in DC, darkness up the NJ turnpike, and so on. But that was just delaying what the root of my concern was – driving to and through NYC. Even though the map of the city was burned in my brain I still didn’t know what to expect. Google had routed me to enter in through the Holland Tunnel since it was most direct to my hotel, but I opted to head through Staten Island into Brooklyn so I could enter Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge. Even though I had hopes of walking the bridge as well I wanted to drive over it in the event I didn’t have time the next day which unfortunately was the case. I only saw it again from afar in the rain the next day.
Up till this moment on my trip that day I had not smiled. That changed when I had my first glimpse of New York harbor and saw that iconic skyline. For something you only saw on TV and movies it just doesn’t seem real until you finally press your own eyes on it. Between the buildings across the harbor in Brooklyn I could see the Statue of Liberty lit up too. But seriously, I was overjoyed the remainder of the night as despite being tired I found the energy to walk the streets and avenues of Midtown till 2 in the morning.
I truly got to experience the city that never sleeps by not sleeping. Well, I did manage to get five hours sleep in my West Village hotel before walking the south end of Manhattan before traversing to Connecticut and beyond. It was incredible.
So today will not only be different in that regard, but just like a missing building(s) in the fabric of a city skyline; our family for the first time will be missing something in equal grandeur on this holiday – My Mom.
We/she knew it was going to be her last Thanksgiving. At one point during the day this thought overcame her. It was heartbreaking. Today as I have the good fortune of being here given I thought that last year was my last as well I have much to be thankful for – in a word – life.
Smile today for what you have around you. Smile today because what surrounds you will help carry you beyond your capabilities, and make your dreams come true. Many of my dreams have come true this year. Just being here today is one of those. Everyone should be thankful if that’s the only thing they have.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! 🙂