A Week with my Daughter

22 Oct

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!

Alex and Bennet

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!

Tony's pie

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.

NY gf pie

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.

roasted pepper pie for Alex

sophia

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4 Responses to “A Week with my Daughter”

  1. Donna Wright October 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM #

    I loved reading about your visit!

  2. Paul Giancarlo October 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM #

    Thank you, Karen, for the lovely recounting of a great visit with your daughter! It was such a pleasure to read some “good” news for a change and to hear about the wonderful world of young adults. It gives me an image to project out into my kids’ (11 years old) future. The pies looked good but the words fed my heart.

    Paul G

  3. Shirley Patton October 23, 2014 at 9:02 AM #

    There is something so special about time with adult children and you capture the joy of your reunion with Alex so well, Karen. Thank you! And the pies and tart look yummy!

  4. limberjack October 27, 2014 at 9:43 AM #

    Great post Karen. We’re visiting our daughter, Susan, this weekend in Seattle and she has some chores for me to do so I can relate.

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