We’re leaving for New York on Tuesday. The kids are more than a little excited about it, too! This will be their first visit to New York . . and they just can’t stop talking about it.
Over dinner last night, we were going through the different plans that we have made, so far. We’re leaving Tuesday, just as soon as they get home from school and hopping in the truck to make the drive to NY. Driving, you say?? Are you nuts, you say?? I am nuts – and I’ve been all the way through this conversation with Chris and the kids – – I am nuts, ok? We’re not flying. I have a hard time flying, myself, as it is – and I’m not ready to pop my whole entire family on one plane, at the same time. Why abolish an entire family in one singular swoop – when you can drive and avoid the crash altogether?
I know, I know… flying is safer than driving, yada yada. People have tried. I’m irrational. It’s my own little paranoia that, believe it or not, has gotten much better over the years. And yet, it still lingers and it is what it is. So, there.
We’re driving. We’ll arrive in Putnam Valley, NY sometime early Wed. morning and will spend Wed, Thurs with Chris’s Mom for Thanksgiving. We’ll also be spending those days making some preliminary wedding plans, choosing what type of dress she’ll be making – then getting fitted for it…all that fun stuff. Then on Friday and Saturday, we’ll be taking the kids into the city to see Manhattan.
Chris, having spent much of his childhood in NYC, turns up his nose at the regular touristy stuff that I want to do when we’re there. But he just has to stuff it – – the kids didn’t grow up in NYC and have never seen it – – so he’ll just have to excuse our plans to head to the observation floor of the Empire State Building. Pfft – – NY’rs – – some of them can be so elitist about their own damn town.
My daughter really, really, really wants to go see either Wicked or Hairspray on Broadway. Great idea! And then I looked up the ticket prices – going anywhere from $175 – $365 per person. I sat at the dinner table last night, trying real hard to justify it . . and just kept getting these looks from Chris like “are you NUTS?”
I guess I must be nuts, eh? lol
Anyways – we’re planning the usual tourist stuff.
One of the more important things I want the kids to see when were there is Ground Zero. We went in 2003, the last time we visited Chris’s Mom for Thanksgiving. I posted about it here and my last line says:
I looked at Chris and told him we needed to come back . . . soon. We needed to bring the kids with us – – this is very important to me. They need to see this place – – they need to see it before itâ€™s rebuilt. Before all the glitzy memorials and shops . . . before they cover it up with a new growth and a new outlook.
While itâ€™s still an empty hole in the ground. While the earth movers are still there – – while the men and women in yellow hard hats are still working in the deep crevices of Ground Zero. We need to bring the kids back by Spring, I told him.
We didn’t exactly make it back by Spring. We’re not making it back until 2 years after the fact, but I still feel the same way and feel it’s important for the kids to see it. They were old enough on 9/11/01 to understand, and they remember it today . . . we’ve had several conversations and discussions about that day – so I think it’s a good thing for them to lay their eyes on the site it happened. And to remember.