Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Graduation 2013 NYC

Where to start?
So much crammed into 5 days.
Bear with me, so I can tell
local friends and bloggie friends.

Arrived on Tuesday to face humidity that
curled brillo padded my hair, and ran rivulets down my back.
Wednesday was Yankee Stadium Graduation
 for the entire university and on the walk there I met
Blake for the first time.

After a sardine packed train 
where I had stranger's body parts
 pressed against mine for 40 minutes, 
we arrived at the stadium 
and I met up with parents of roommates
 to sit in nose bleed seats and weep in unison.
The graduates don't walk, they stand as a group
 according to their schools and we all go crazy.

What happens when there are 40,000 students
 in a university, and 1/4th of them are graduating.
You meet in Yankee Stadium.

How cute is this?
This was their first
Yankee Stadium

Some Tisch friends

The large group split up after the ceremony and 
Blake and Hannah decided they
wanted not to go fancy, but to go to their favorite
Pies N Thighs for lunch.
While there, Ben checked in, he had flown in the day before,
and he and Anam were also in Williamsburg, 
they had just eaten at Pies N Thighs, so we met them.
So other, significant other, was met.

Darling Daughter and Dearest Son with their
significant others.
I think my children chose wisely and well. 

Thursday Hannah and I spent the day 
having makeovers at Sephora, 
shopping like fools and making memories.
We were caught in a horrible thunderstorm, soaked to the bone, and loved every minute.

Friday was the Tisch salute at Radio City music hall,
for just Tisch graduates, and still they did not walk,
 but stood in groups as their concentrations were called.
The keynote speaker Glenn Mazzara was fabulous.

Glenn Mazzara
worth listening to..great advice

Bono and Denzel Washington were at the end of my row,
and to those of you who will understand all too well...
I successfully avoided those family folks I did not wish to see.
Ben sat with me and shared the moments with me.

I went up and down a thousand subway steps,
and covered a zillion uneven miserable concrete blocks,
 I swear.
I took to carrying small foldable slippers in my purse and
swapped shoes frequently.
Frequently the young folk were 1/2 block ahead with one or
the other turning back and stopping.."are you Ok?"
I was either soaking wet in rainstorms or soaking wet with sweat,
my photo ops are awful...but I don't care.

We ate at favorite haunts, shopped at neighborhood stores and
I really got the sense of her life in Brooklyn.
We saw Ben and Anam here and there,
they had friends to see and catch up with also, 
and we had the worst Italian
something? cocktail in a very pretty spot... my bad choice
Ben you were right....

Late my last night there Blake, Hannah 
and I headed far into Brooklyn to go to Target 
and get apt stuff ( mama's treat)
and passed an exterior craft show closing up and 
we picked up fried Oreos and a funnel cake.
From sweating bullets to 40 degrees and freezing that night. CRAZY.

We had pizza and beer in her tiny apt and dined 
around Brooklyn and Manhatten on quiches, 
great burgers, chopped salads, chinese takeout,
gelatos and good coffees.

I was up at 3:45 a.m. Sunday to get an express bus 
to the airport and Hannah insisted on going
 as far as the Port Authority with me.
Such a sweetie that girl.

It was wonderful.
It was everything I hoped it would be.
My children are prosperous,
hard working, healthy, happy, 
and in love.

Mama is bursting with joy.

All is right with my very small world. 

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Bead and Needle said...

What a FABULOUS time you had - glad there were no "moments", and it was all happy! The kids look great - Mom's happy - Oh, happy day! XOXOXOXO

Razmataz said...

I am so happy you enjoyed yourself. A wonderful time with great memories and all kids present...what more can mama bear ask for?

Anonymous said...

Wow... what a whirlwind of a time you had. I can relate to the foot problems and probably would have succumbed to them and just let the kids go do their own thing. Your children are beautiful!!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I was right there with you walking wet from the rain and my feet hurting also LOL I can relate to all that LOL
so glad you made the trip and I wanna go someday to see the hussel bussel of the city

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I understand so much the joy this brought you! I can see the love and pride you have for your children. It is so nice to see them grown up, successful and in love! I'm sharing a day with both of my girls and I'm in heaven!

hugs, Linda

Blondie's Journal said...

Congratulations to your daughter! She has your eyes! What an adventure, but it's always nice to see how our children live once they leave home and travel afar. So glad you had a good time!


Kit said...

Wow! What an awesome time! I know that humidity, it is a killer. You did good! :) Congrats on your kids. You did good on that too! Kit

Lana said...

I must agree with so many of the comments, Z. Your daughter definitely has your eyes. Sweet memories for your weekend, I know. Enjoy every moment again with your eyes closed, curled up in your comfy chair and know that you did well...very much so.

Kathy said...

Oh what a fabulous time!! I had a chuckle about the kids looking back over their shoulder to see if you were still there as I had the same experience with my own kids last Saturday. We can still GO, we just don't go as fast - lol!

Nella said...

Dear Suz, happy for you! Glad to hear all is very well in your world!! You deserve to be proud of YOUR accomplishments too! They look like great kids....N.xoxo

Jill said...

How fun to hear about your trip! I spent a few weeks in NY as a student so I can kind of imagine your story better. Congrats to all of you!! What is tisch? A college within NYU?

c. Joy said...

How wonderful! Congratulations to all! (You realize, of course, in some parts of the world after 40 minutes of pressing your bodies together, you're married.)

Karen said...

These are the times to remember... what an awesome adventure, and congrats to those good looking kids!.. Truly, they have an ease in their smiles that I love to see in people.

The city is exilarating and exhausting all at once, isn't it?

Cindy said...

How great was that??? Brings tears to my eyes...I am so happy for you and your kids!!

Rebecca said...

Oh Sweetheart I am so happy you are happy and everything went so well.
Congratulations on a job well done with this phase of life. Now on to careers, weddings, grandchildren and... ha, I know one hurdle at a time... now times it by 6! I am surprised I still have somewhat of my senses left.
Congrats on the job!
Blessings today