So I took the tykes into the city today to play – our own little 9/11 tribute – celebrate by enjoying LIFE in the greatest city on earth (at least in my book!)
The train was, as always, a highlight. Then the further excitement of the subway (the metro card in itself was worth 30 minutes of fun) and on to Central Park. I love that park SO much. In my life I’ve walked every inch of the park, and it was good to realize I still had much of it memorized.
We walked over to the Bethesda fountain so the kids could enjoy the dogs romping in the water – which led us to rent a boat and I rowed the two redheads around the green water for an hour. Then on to the boat pond where we watched a few pigeons catch a ride on a few of the rental remote-control yachts, and the kids climbed all over Alice in Wonderland.
More walking – this time toward the carousel. But on the way we got lunch and listened to an amazing jazz trio playing some wonderful music. They played, “All the things you are” – which is one of my favorite songs – and I got to sing it sotto voce to my little own little girl, whose birth announcement featured lines from the same song.
You are the promised kiss of springtime
That makes the lonely winter seem long.
You are the breathless hush of evening
That trembles on the brink of a lovely song.
You are the angel glow that lights a star,
The dearest things I know are what you are.
Some day my happy arms will hold you,
And some day Iíll know that moment divine,
When all the things you are, are mine!
Then on to the carousel, two rides for the kids, and over to meet Gerry and we all drove home.
Then – extra feature – on to have dinner out and meet one of my knitters who was picking up some yarn for a car blanket for the men who knit book. A very full and rich day! And I got to knit A LOT as the day went on (between walking and rowing!)