Last week our family took a mini adventure. Bill had meetings in New York City, and coincidentally Brook was on spring break, so we all headed over to the city for a few days. We stayed in midtown so that Bill could easily walk to his meetings while Brook and I explored the streets packed with buildings.
And we stopped by Rockefeller Center to watch people skating (it was so warm out that some skated in shorts).
On one semi-quiet evening all three of us walked through nearby Bryant Park. I couldn’t believe that there were empty chairs available.
And there were even some stretches of empty benches over at Central Park.
The beauty and romance of Central Park always takes my breath away.
While aimlessly roaming around the park it was also such a treat to catch a glimpse of this bride and groom.
There’s something about these scenes that is so picture-perfect…like a painting you might find in a story book.
I just adore the amazing large and small architectural details (bridges, arches, fountains, etc.) that punctuate the park.
And it looks like someone found his own private shaded spot to take it all in.
While there we saw the iconic artwork of Andy Warhol.
And a dizzying masterpiece from Jackson Pollack. This painting is so intricate and magnificent that my camera had trouble capturing the details.
We also saw original works from Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, etc…the artwork in this museum blew our minds!
Once the rain cleared I took Brook over to the hustle and bustle of Times Square to meet up with her friend from our home town of Hopkinton (coincidentally her friend was there with her family on vacation). Brook and I did some shopping together at the American Eagle, and when you do this, you can have your photo taken and posted on their massive digital billboard. Of course we had to take advantage of this opportunity. It was fun and strange to see a beyond life-sized photo of ourselves in lights at Times Square. Does this count as our fifteen minutes of fame?
On our last evening in the city, our family went back to Times Square for one last time to see the musical, Wicked. This story is very thought-provoking as it has to do with the basic nature of people (good vs. evil), how much of us is inherent in us when we’re born vs. learned behavior (nature vs. nurture) and how perceptions of reality can be distorted. It’s about friendship, opening up to compassion and understanding, love and trust…all ensconced in comedy and musical magic. This show fully entertained us, and also got me thinking much deeper…something that I really appreciate about great art.
After these action-filled days in the city, we decided to finish off the week at our peaceful place in Maine. I was ready for the tranquil, calm of the sea.
Although it was cold and windy at the beach, it was good to sit on the surprisingly sun-warmed sand.
And to do nothing but watch the rolling waves…
…and to experience the sun setting beyond the still naked branches…
…before heading back to our home in Massachusetts where the blooming pink blossoms were ready to greet us.
I love the city and I love the sea. I love traveling and I love being at home. There is a time for everything…and I am grateful for it all. But most of all, I’m grateful for my little family…and for the time that we get to spend together.
Wishing you joyful family fun no matter where you are.