This has been a pretty exciting month for me! Much of that excitement was because I was able to go to New York to visit my daughter for her 26th birthday. Alexandra has been living in New York since a week before Hurricane Sandy hit the city… and while I don’t think that these two events are in any way related, let’s just say that my daughter has an energy that can rival any storm out there.
For one week I was able to become a part of Alex’s world…. and that was absolutely fabulous! During that week I met many of Alex’s friends. On the first night I met Rocye… who welcomed me by running up to me, shouting “Mom!” and giving me a big hug. Later, I met Noah and Breeane, and saw her old friends Josh and Mary. Finally, I met Alex’s co-workers! At home, sometimes I find myself wondering about the people Alex hangs with and all I can say is that I was really happy to see her surrounded by such great people.
During that “fabulous” week so much happened! First, Alexandra adopted a pomeranian-chow mix named, Bennet. He is very cute and fairly mellow for such a small dog. He, like Alex, appears fearless and I am thrilled that they have found each other!
Secondly, I was able to see three plays for less than $100 (total!!!)… and my sister, Janice, saw two of them with me! Those of you that know me will not be surprised when I say that all of three of the shows moved me to tears (If/Then, Jersey Boys, and Kinky Boots). They were all amazing and I felt so very lucky to see them.
Lastly, I was able to spend a lot of time with Alexandra… just being together… and of course, that was wonderful. My only regret is that I was not able to see other relatives and friends while I was back east. In fact, I never even made it to Staten Island! That’s the first time that’s happened… ever!
And as you might guess, I managed to make a few pies while in New York. Both were made with McIntosh apples because they are my all-time favorite apple and I loved seeing them at every corner grocery store. My first pie was delivered to the man whose work office is located close to Alex’s apartment. I thanked Tony for looking out for Alex and am grateful that there is someone there who can!
The second pie, a gluten-free version of the first, was delivered to Alex’s co-workers at Warby Parker. I think her friends were a bit surprised by the pie… but not for long. Somehow before we left most of the pie had disappeared… and that was a very nice compliment indeed.
The last pie I made was more like a tart… and it was made so that Alexandra could have dinner ready and waiting for her after she came home from work on the day I was leaving. I guess I wanted to leave her knowing that though I was gone, something was there to remind her that she was much-loved.