In a New York Minute...
Well, that little girl is indeed growing up! Today she becomes a teenager and still enjoys making comments that leave me scratching my head. Her latest...
"Guess what Mom, in five years I'll be off to college!"
Five years? That can't be right! After her comment I found my mind racing. I need to do more with her. Spend more time with her. Enjoy her more. Teach her more. Have more deep, meaningful conversations. I am running out of time! Where can I find a quiet place amidst our busy lives where I can just be with her and soak her up while she is still "little."
Ironically, I found the quiet togetherness I was craving in one of the busiest, noisiest, most crowded places in the country...New York City.
Anyone with multiple children knows that quality one-on-one time can be hard to come by. So, I jumped at the chance to accompany my oldest on a trip to New York City put together by her dance studio. We were traveling with a group and she had many of her friends along so it certainly was not all about mother-daughter bonding. However, we had many moments together that I will always cherish and perhaps more than anything I genuinely enjoyed having the chance to watch her be, well...her.
We saw spectacular Broadway shows, moving landmarks and felt the hustle and bustle of the big city. My favorite moment though was a quiet lunch we shared, just the two of us, at John's Pizzeria on our last day in New York. The pizza was fabulous (my daughter has declared it the best pizza in the world) as was the atmosphere. If you ever have occasion to go to John's make sure you look up. The stained glass in the ceiling is truly a sight to behold. My favorite part of the meal, however, was the company.
To the 5 year old she used to be...you were right, growing-up really is the point. As it turns out, I actually do want you to grow-up. Just not too quickly please!
The Simplicity Buff