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
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 date...at...
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
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.
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 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.
Carole you won!
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Thanks to all who entered,
I wish you each could win,
I can convince Shabby Apple to do another one someday?
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