Going, Going, Not Yet Gone
Heading to NYC this Thursday.
Six years since the last time I was there. I have missed it a great deal. We went in October and the weather was near perfect. Cold on some days, warm and inviting on others. All the touristy things excited me. I have photos standing out front of Madison Square Garden, Several cathedrals, and too many from Ellis Island.
Ellis Island had a large impact on me. Like many, members of my family entered the United States through this place. I imagined how the buildings would have appeared to the immigrants, the excitement and fear, so much unknown.
It humbled me. Standing in the same places, spaces, as family I never really knew. Their entire lives uprooted for the possibility of a new one.
I am astounded at their faith, willingness to trust what they are doing is best and will result in more happiness.
I am not sure I could do the same.
Nothing poignant stands out.
Instead, an overall sensation, another connection to the past, to moments I could only experience vicariously, lingered.
This picture always makes me giggle…I call it, Ryan as art.
Something I am very excited about is riding the subway again. I was actually quite afraid of the prospect at first, but after my one (and only, I promise) experience of riding from JFK in the back of a hired car, I decided the subway was infinitely safer.
Once I figured out how to read the maps, how to get around from station to station, I loved the subway It is certainly best for people watching.
This photo is of a fantastic TOOL etching I came across on an E train.
Writing this has added to my excitement. Three days! Three more days!