It’s so easy to get caught up in the seriousness of life. Adults have their goals, objectives, and schedules and, at least for me, it’s hard to break away from the path. But when you have a kid who will argue relentlessly for what she wants, it becomes a lot easier to ignore those adult concerns, if for no other purpose than to make it stop – Louisa!!!! The girl could wear a stone smooth with her incessant pleading when she’s on a mission.
“Mom, Emily and I want to go to New York this Friday now that school is done.” No, Louisa, I have too many things to do, plan it for later this summer.
“Mom, we won’t be able to go later this summer since we’ll both be working and then getting ready to go back to school.” No, Louisa, I have too many things to do on Friday.
Text message: “Mom, can we go?”
Text again: “Mom?”
Finally, the pleas turned into knowing looks that I could read like a book – a repeat of all the verbal assaults I had received for days.
I gave in. And Emily’s mom and I took the two girls to New York for a very long, tiring, day filled with beautiful things scattered over our five and a half miles of walking around the city.
We took the subway up the west side, crossed Central Park on foot, and saw this beautiful gate that illustrated Aesop’s fable guarding the entrance to the playground next to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
And then we walked into the museum and saw this lovely Egyptian vase with Zentangle® patterns all over it! Eye rolls from Louisa.
And we wandered for hours through the fabulous China costume exhibit called “China Through the Looking Glass” and oohed, aahed, and photographed dozens of beautiful dresses that paid homage to China design and style, past and present. I loved this dramatic contemporary design that was filled with Zentangle patterns – you couldn’t miss them.
We did take a break for lunch in one of the cafeterias and I loved my salad so much more than I expected. Grilled corn, bits of zucchini, peas, toasted walnuts, and sunflower seed dressing all combined to create a textured, taste filled lunch. And yes, Louisa and I shared that mocha chocolate cupcake. It was just as good as the salad.
After lunch we visited the modern and impressionist galleries. If I had a transporter (Trekkie alert), I would visit them weekly. Instead, I had to drink it all in while I was there. I visited old favorites like this painting called “The Storm” by Pierre Auguste Cot. I first fell in love with this this one back in my romantic teenage years.
The Van Gogh paintings make my heart sing with his beautiful use of color and brushstrokes.
After five and half meandering hours in the museum we decided it was time to begin our walk back to the Port Authority to catch our bus home. Of course, that involved another two hours of wandering through Central Park where we admired the larger than life sculpture of Alice in Wonderland.
Our final stop was the John Lennon Memorial at Strawberry Fields. There could definitely be a few Zentangle patterns inspired by this memorial. My only wish was that people would respect the intention of the site and quietly meditate instead of tromping all over the mosaic taking selfies. Sorry, I just told my cranky self to leave the building.
On the final leg back to the bus station, we passed by my old street from when I lived in Manhattan.
The street is so much nicer today than it was in my poor post-college days. And yet, despite the seediness of the street back when I lived there, I loved every minute of it. I guess it takes a kid to remind us that, sometimes, we need to put aside our adult-serious attitude and remember to make enough time in our busy lives for fun, beauty, and the things we’ve always loved but have lost among the to-do lists.