a tourist for a day

The Summer is here..and I'm taking time to do some fun things with my daughter. We had friends visiting from Florida with her family so we decided to do some touristy stuff. I'm a native New Yorker, and I can honestly admit, I've never been on the Circle Line. We did the semi-circle ride, which truthfully is the meat of the city and really all the good stuff you want to see. It was a sort of crummy day. Hot, humid, with a sprinkling of showers. If felt like soup outdoors. After drinking a gallon of water, I kept my cool and proceeded to snap away at the glorious skyline of my favorite city.  

When I see the Freedom Tower, it literally takes my breath away. I have such mixed emotions. As I was in the city on 9/11, there's imagery embedded in my brain that I will never forget. I'm not sure how I feel about the new tower. I haven't been able to get myself down to the Memorial yet. I feel it's something I need to do alone. 

My daughter and I stayed in a hotel in my old hood on the Upper West Side. We ate breakfast out, walked through Central Park and enjoyed the wonderful air conditioning at the Natural History museum for the remainder of our day. She was a real trooper traipsing around with me on the subway and walking more than most suburban kids ever do. I forget that their little legs are just not accustomed to walking EVERYWHERE.

When we arrived back in Wilton on the train (thankfully, Metro North was incident free that day,) she literally jumped for joy to be back home. I guess she's a suburban girl. And I guess, I'm still a city girl as I was sad to leave it behind.  

Nina Pomeroy