Last night Dan and I met my brother and his friend, and my sister and her husband in Manhattan to celebrate my sister's birthday. As a gift we chipped in and treated her and her husband to see South Pacific at Lincoln Center. First we all had dinner together and then sent my sister and her husband off on their "date". The weather really cooperated and after we all parted ways, Dan and I strolled around Lincoln Center a bit and then walked down to Columbus circle. We had plenty of time to take in the sights of the city without feeling rushed and still made it home at a decent hour.
I did work in Manhattan for a couple years BC (before children), but it is so much more enjoyable to visit without the stress of working there.
This picture is Dan, me, my sister Mary Lynne, Warren's friend Joe, and my brother-in-law, Steve.
Below are me, Mary Lynne, and our brother, Warren.
I thought I'd be taking more pictures in the city last night: I didn't. But a trip to Manhattan always leaves me with so many memories of sights and sounds, I thought I'd just share them here in words :
two beer-drinking middle- aged guys in tye-dye (Grateful Dead, anyone?)... couple on train each on their own phones, one talking louder than the other: quieted finally when they both fell asleep... cops with bomb-sniffing dogs in Penn making me feel safe?...friendly homeless man making small talk with me... squeezing sardine-like into already packed subway...ascending out of subway and seeing the lights of NY at night... homeless guy complete with two hefty bags slung over his shoulder waiting to cross street next to woman in long white fur wearing shiny black and white high heels... oversized, ancient poodle, gimping across Columbus Ave... well-dressed woman pushing her pocketbook in some type of cart... patrons of the opera dressed to the nines rushing to get to their seats in time... man wearing beret meets up with woman in white fur... stranger asks us if she is walking uptown (well, if the street numbers are going up, you are) ... over-sized, out of proportion statues of Adam and Eve in the Shops at Columbus Circle (YIKES!!! Thank me for not having my camera)...woman on subway evangelizing to uncomfortable passengers. And in my heart, I recited those scriptures right along with her... John3:16 God so loved the world that He sent his only Son...