Just Yesterday?: Slice of Life March Marathon Day 4

I just did some counting on my fingers and turns out that I’ve been living for almost 30 years, less than half an hour from New York City.  I know, time flies.  No, it races.  I remember my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Keener, standing out on the playground at recess, begging me to be patient about time.

“Don’t rush away your childhood.”

Of course I thought he was crazy.  I was so ready then to be in high school with the older kids but I didn’t want to leave his classroom either.  He ran the only room that felt like home to me as I came to the end of my elementary career. Finally, a teacher  I could love and I was impatient to see what life was like where the big kids lived.

But I digress.  This Slice is supposed to be about my love for a life well lived, close to New York City and I yet do understand what Mr. Keener was warning me against.  I am listening now, that’s for sure, as I am just about to celebrate year 65 and apply for my Medicare and Social Security cards. Can you believe that?

Again, I digress.

What I want this Slice to be about is my love for the city that I can almost touch from my condo and from Tuvia’s home in Paramus.

On Sunday, we left for a  family celebration brunch at 9:15 and we were parked and standing in front of the Park hotel to join my brother, family and friends by 10:05.  Of course NYC is not cheap and there was no sunshine but as usual the streets were filled with people and their energy.

I left my small town in 1986 and yes, I can come back and feel good there, but home is here, close to the pulse of NYC, FOREVER!

I think New York City deserves more of my slicing time.

16 thoughts

  1. I live, and was born and raised, in San Francisco and I feel the same way. Even though I don’t go out often these days (three kids and a career sure cut into the scene!) I love that I can eat at fabulous restaurants or see a play (not NYC, but still), or take a walk with the Golden Gate Bridge in view any weekend.

  2. Yeah baby, New York New York – no place like it. I haven’t been in for a week and I am having withdrawl symptoms. I’ll have to find an excuse! Looks like a happy lunch.

  3. We live in a small town. I do love it, but the big city beckons. We usually find a way to vacation in big cities. I’d love to hear more about your life near NYC.

  4. Bonnie, I want you to show me this city. How many days would I need to get a taste (and be able to afford)? Is your tour guide service available at the end of August? I’m turning into a new decade, so I need to celebrate. We need to chat. 🙂

  5. My aunt was a nurse in King’s County Hospital for years. A a kid I would go visit her for a week every summer. I credit her with my love of Broadway and the theater since we always went to at least two shows while I was visiting. I still go back when I can. In fact, I have tickets for two shows this summer. Can’t wait to get back.

  6. Rushing our lives…we all did that when we were young, didn’t we? And now, we just want to slow the days and spend more time doing this joyful life. Glad you are still writing, wherever it may be.

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