Jane Goes to the Big Apple
Sat 13 Jan 07 - Sat 13 Jan 07
Well, I'm in New York with my mom, Jane. It was a challenge getting her here since she gets quite anxious about plane rides. I got a call every day for the last week or two leading up to the trip with a new excuse as to why she shouldn`t go, but I wouldn`t let her back out. It was time for her to break out of the house and see the world.
After a bumpy landing that I got in trouble for (she said I was supposed to warn her that it would be a hard bump, but I thought, "Here we go!" was a good enough warning since we could see the runway from the window), we made our way to the shuttle van. The seat belts didn't work in the back seat. She was glad that they didn't because she didn't want another confining belt at the time. I told her, "You are going to be wishing you had one, later." Again, she got onto me for not warning her about New York drivers. I thought I had warned her enough! Moral of the story... be specific in warnings with an anxious mama! She nearly had a nervous breakdown during the ride to the hotel. I told her and another passenger told her that this type of driving is normal in the city. She didn't care if it was normal, she just wanted the driver to stop already!
Last night, she experienced her first Broadway play. We went to see Les Miserables. It was awesome. At first, I didn't know if she was enjoying it because the seats were small and cramped. She has some joint issues and wasn't sure if she was going to be able to get out of the seat at the end of the play. The end came and she was able to stand...slowly but surely. I asked how she liked it. She said it was bad. Bad? Yep, because now she is going to want to be spending money on shows a lot more. She couldn't believe the amount of talent that was on the stage. She was amazed and now wants to see another one today! Unfortunately, my bank account can't take another show, right now.
If you ever get an opportunity to see Les Mis, do it. It is an amazing show and a very touching story. Makes you want to go out and change the world.
Now, we are off to do a New York Sightseeing Tour. It should be a long, but entertaining day. It's really cool to see someone's first reaction to things like Time Square and the Empire State Building. I saw that there is a new World Trade Center Tribute Center and we will try to make it there, too. The forcast is rain, so the pictures won't be great, but hopefully it won't spoil the fun!