In the past year I may have experienced every positive human emotion. Gratitude, when I realized my neighbors watched for Lesli and me, by shoveling after the snow. Awestruck surprise, when Daisy invited me and two other ladies into her personal kitchen for an unforgettable cooking lesson. Pride, when I received the dean’s award. Joy, when Arthur asked me to marry him.
It would seem my heart has overflowed with all good emotions. Honestly, last year when I was watching the confetti drop on Times Square I never expected any of this. As 2011 comes to a close, this photo (snapped when I stepped away from the table during a dinner outing with Daisy) seems most appropriate.
Cherish Live Dream Lesson 2011
Cherish Yesterday – Live Today – Dream Tomorrow
As I think of 2012 I will be completing my degree and taking a walk to the altar. I look forward to more good things as the year starts in a few hours. I look forward to becoming a wife, and making a start as a family. What do you have happening in 2012?
I know for some this will be controversial, but that makes zero difference to me.
As a child I remember a school trip, where we walked up all the stairs to the top. For a while it was almost impossible to even stand next to her. Now you can make plans to visit her.
I tell people the reason New Yorkers can see her so well is because she is on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. Of course, my friend Chela knows the technical details of the Supreme Court decision establishing jurisdiction, something about underwater or dry land was involved in there.
Where do you stand? Is she a Jersey girl, a New York landmark or (fill in the blank)?
Jersey Girl - Photo from McDonald's Billboard
This past Saturday, I spent the day with Ruby of Growing Up Blackxican. It was a mommys-only outing, and we giggled about all kinds of things. We walked and talked, spotting people and things that are so very “only in New York”, such as an extravagantly dressed man in the subway (we raised our eyebrows) and a truck full of antiques (we got photos).
What got my biggest laugh was this psychic’s signs – because “reader and advisor” are fancy words even before the font change. So I got this photo for Wordless Wednesday. How many mis-spellings can you find, aside from the one I copied?
Say What 4
Last night I attended an event for a video game company – separate post to come. I took the long way home, and enjoyed the feeling of summer as it should be.
I walked slowly, enjoyed the view as other people ran past, then eventually looked up and saw only space. Very few people at the bus terminal. I asked a woman if the bus had passed, she told me it had not, because she was also waiting for it. We struck up a conversation and within about three blocks I found out a little something about her family. I won’t share all that here because it was her story.
Besides, what kept my attention was her red watch. In one word, it was sparkly! Brilliant, polished wood and beads on a stretchy band. When I said the words out loud, she said “what, this? I never had a watch for a long time, I picked this up in Mexico for $4 and now everybody loves it.”
This is the first of what I hope will be many Fashion Friday photos – next time we meet up I might do that whole body slow staring thing. Please remember, I’ll be admiring your outfit and accessories!
With this recent heat wave, newscasters have been telling us to stay cool. Lesli has been spending volunteering with children, which some might say is the least likely way to stay cool.
Last week the group took a trip, to a museum with interactive exhibits. They all ran, jumped, laughed, and forgot about the outside world while enjoying the contradiction of a museum that lets kids touch everything. Lesli sent me this photo, with the subject line:
Guess what I’m doing for the next half hour?
I think for a while Lesli forgot about the heat, the pressure and the stress of looking after thirty kids that all come with different needs and wants. She went for a walk, and forgot her age.
Find a reason to smile today! Have a wonderful Wordless Wednesday.
*Hi everyone – I’m encouraging Lesli to write more often, especially when she notices unusual things. Below is what she told me about her walk home, on a warm day. She wrote it herself. Since Lesli was not directly involved in the incident, she included a photo of the tree, not the person.*
Not very long ago – a couple weeks at most – I was walking home from school when I made a quick decision to take the long way home (the weather was perfect for the park, I was late anyway..) I spotted a man, in his 50s or 60s, sitting on a picnic blanket under a tree.
He was talking to himself so I thought he was just another crazy. I walked by slowly. As I was walking past, I saw him searching for something. Just to be polite, I asked, “Do you need something? Can I help you?” He blinked at me. “I was just looking for my paper towels. I made a mess of my dinner.” I peeked over his shoulder to see overturned marinara sauce and an urn. I looked questioningly at the urn, and he noticed the expression on my face. “Today is the one year anniversary of my wife’s death. She loved coming to this lake and watching the ducks swim past. After dinner, I’m going to put some of her ashes into the lake with the ducks.”
This was way more information than I ever wanted to know about a stranger in the park, but I was kind of glad that he shared his story with me. How do you remember your loved ones that have passed away?
Walking Past Tree
Recently I spotted this window on the side of a certain building. Unfortunately, at the time I was sitting on a bus heading to New York. I told Lesli about it and kept annoying her, until we traveled there together.
We were walking the neighborhood, looking for the building, until I spotted it. Then came the dangerous part. I had to step off the curb, backwards, almost into traffic, while Lesli did the lookout thing and kept one hand on me. Next time we do this kind of thing, I plan to get video footage.
I keep imagining the other side of this window. Sometimes I look closer, and see reality. Other times I just fantasize. Sometimes we need to fantasize on Wordless Wednesday.
Spotted Walking 2
When Lesli and I were walking around West New York after our feast at Ranchito Victoria, we walked slowly. Mostly me walking slowly, because I needed to ease back into movement.
I can’t remember which house it was, that had this sign. I laughed and then took a photo before any pets could come out to prove whether the sign was accurate. Wouldn’t you? In any case, I want to share this for Wordless Wednesday.
When Lesli and I were in West New York for Ranchito Victoria, we walked a lot. A whole lot. First, to get to the restaurant, then after the meal hoping to work it off. We were browsing on Bergenline Avenue, and held each other back from running in to a few different stores. Mostly our browsing was an exercise in wishful thinking.
Unexpectedly I spotted this shiny sparkly bit of jewelry in a display – right over the www. After years of never seeing my name on any keychain or bracelet, it was definitely a happy surprise. Ta-da! My Wordless Wednesday photo.
Surprise Jewelry - Wordless Wednesday
Have you ever had an unexpected moment like this?
A couple of weekends ago, as Lesli and I were walking and wandering the streets of West New York, New Jersey. As we made our way to Ranchito Victoria, we had to stop and stare at some unusual things. The transmission in the back of a truck caught Lesli’s eye. Then I pointed out, the truck was parked in front of a garage so it might be a potential replacement. Every so often we found another surprise.
One of the things that made me stop, stare and bring out the camera was this box. Don’t go thinking it’s a mailbox. Notice although the shape is exactly the same as mailboxes everywhere, the writing on this one tells you “NO MAIL”. And that’s why it’s my ww – Wordless Wednesday photo.
Flag Box Not Mailbox