Jul 26, 2017 the soft side of NYC
Alaire is with us! It has been fun getting to know more about her. For example we did a girls trip to Bloomingdales and come to find out she is a very practical shopper, which Derek really appreciates. The boys started school and Wren got her first haircut along with 2 new bottom teeth. So, we are spending these next few weeks figuring out what our routine will look like. From my writing style it’s clear that I won’t be spewing facts about restaurants and must see’s. That stuff is fun to experience but for me it’s boring to write about…maybe it’s boring to read about… I like to figure out what I felt in a place, what it showed me, and what I am taking with me.
This is our last few days in NYC before Iceland and you know what? New Yorker’s are complete softies when it comes to babies! They may be blunt and up-front but put a baby in front of them and they are all gooey eyed and cooing. It happened in every store, subway ride, and restaurant. They were blowing kisses, playing peek-a-boo, and talking in baby talk. It shows me the magic of a child. That their innocence is felt, respected, and creates in us a need to protect it. The way New Yorker’s interacted with my kids felt like they were sheltering them. Trying to help stretch out their childhood too. Thank you New York for the hard and soft side of you.
From our view every night I watch the lights come on in all the homes around me. All these private parallel dimensions; all these self contained worlds layered into the same place. It Reminds me that we only let people see what we want. Too often we try to show that we are unruffled in our lives and daily living. That life isn’t messy and I think it’s important that we show that sometimes it is. Show your soft side occasionally. It looks good on everyone and kids love it.