Sunday, August 22, 2010

Solon, age 11

For the last few years, I've promised Solon that when he was just a little older he could come visit me in NYC, all by himself. I expected the magic age to be 12, but sister Sarah assured me he could handle it this summer and arranged for him to travel as an unaccompanied minor from Boston to NYC. Pretty impressive, I thought.

Those of you who know me know I don't spend weekends in NYC. I flee to the PA countryside, where the air is fresh and cool, I can swim in a lake that hasn't seen a motor since 1953, and the sunlight streams in through skylights and windows alike. But there are several things I'd do for Solon that I wouldn't do for just anyone.

Like tour the Times Square Toys R Us,

eat pizza al fresco on Broadway,

take Mr. Puffy Paws to see Mary Poppins with a special backstage tour courtesy of friend Ann (aka the Bird Woman),

play mini-golf and ride bikes on Governor's Island. I confess, I've wanted to visit Governor's Island for a few years. Never spending the weekend in NYC has a few (albeit VERY few) disadvantages.

We visited the Museum of Natural History, the Bronx Zoo

and cheered the Red Sox on to victory at Solon's first ever Big League baseball game. That's right, we're Bosox fans. Got a problem with that?

Just an ordinary weekend in the Big Apple. For me and Solon, anyway.


At August 23, 2010 at 6:38 AM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

Think I'd better send my kids down to you when they come of age--and I get up the nerve to send them solo.

At August 23, 2010 at 9:45 AM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

Sounds like you gave Solon a quintessential NYC weekend!

At August 23, 2010 at 11:09 AM , Blogger SaraGardens said...

Looks like a fabulous weekend! Solon seems like wonderful company on NYC adventures (judging by the dazzling smile) - worth even a missed weekend by the lake.

At August 23, 2010 at 1:29 PM , Anonymous Zoe said...

Sounds like you did it all! Did you get to see the farm on Governors Island? I'd like to visit it - looks cool.

At August 23, 2010 at 1:41 PM , Blogger Marie said...

I Hope Mr Puffy Paws is going to write a good thank you letter!

At August 26, 2010 at 9:17 PM , Anonymous Mark said...

If only you had been my aunt. I knew I went wrong somewhere. I cannot believe how the Boy Wonder has grown. You know that he will always, always remember this.

Now he's got to take care of you in your dotage.

At August 31, 2010 at 2:07 PM , Blogger molly said...

thats a hella packed weekend in nyc! mygod, i've never done all those things: let alone in one weekend! good on ya!

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