Throat Lozenges and Gel Insoles

There are only 3 basic activities I share with my daughter in New York City.

Eat. Talk. Walk.

She has been there for 5 years now. We no longer visit Times Square, Broadway, Rockefeller Center or even Central Park. It has all been done. And done well.

A recent visit there reflects our common interest. We walk and eat our way through the city, at some areas less-traveled. The conversation goes on until we lose our voice.

It has always been our special connection. She was walking and talking by 8 months. My husband and son have always been the strong, silent type.

Or maybe they just can’t get a word in “edgewise”.

highlineWe walked the Highline this time, a 3 mile round trip known as a “park in the sky”. It is a lovely re-purpose of an abandoned, elevated rail line that meanders through the NY skyline along the Hudson River. On a sunny 65 degree day in Spring, it was just about perfection.

It was at the end of a day when we had already walked through Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park, Chelsea Market, stopping only for the obligatory “slice” of NY Pizza, visiting her yoga studio, and browsing the miles of bookshelves at the Strand Book Store.

Having always been fascinated with the city, I was propelled once again by a kind of manic energy that would only be thwarted by the screams from my “older lady” legs and feet.

We met her husband back at Chelsea Market for dinner. I volunteered to hold our table while they visited several different ethnic vendors to assemble our meal.

We hiked back to the subway for our 40 minute ride to Brooklyn, standing room only. Ouch.

We slept well.

The next morning, with fresh insoles and renewed voice, we headed out to Prospect Park.

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41 Responses to Throat Lozenges and Gel Insoles

  1. Sounds wonderful, Van. What a great way to spend time with your daughter. You make me want to visit the Big Apple! As a country girl, cities overwhelm me. But, I too have a daughter who loves them and acts as my guide. It’s the only way to go.

  2. How cool! It sounds like a great time to me! I can’t even imagine what New York must be like! ❤

  3. C.E.Robinson says:

    Van, what a wonderful time spent with your daughter in NYC. I’ll be staying near the Washington Square Park end of May to take in granddaughter’s final performance at the Joffrey Ballet. I’d love to meander around like you did, but time will be short there, then onto CT for a visit with family. Christine

    • Hi Christine. What a great time you’ll have. The weather is perfect in May. That area is full of street musicians, many in the park. It’s one of my favorite places to people-watch. Enjoy yourself !! Van p.s. I’ve missed your posts. ☺

      • C.E.Robinson says:

        Van, thanks so much for noticing, and missing posts. I’m editing a script for a screenwriter and it’s an every day job. It needs to be ready by the end of May for a script consultant critique. I’ll get back to the posts, and a write up for a Spread the Love Challenge (Award) nominated by a young blogger friend in Mumbai, India. Good to hear the weather in NYC will be good in May. I’m excited! Christine

      • Christine Robinson, writer & editor. Good for you. Carry on. We’ll see you soon. ☺ Van

  4. If you wore a Fitbit, you’d have those ten thousand steps recorded by lunch. What I love about traveling like this is the ability to inhale massive amounts of food and not gain an ounce. Woohoo! Bring me another slice!

  5. Those activities sound like the best kind of visit. I’ve not yet done the High Line but really want to. I’m not sure how much my kids would tolerate it as a restful wander so I may have to wait until I am there some time without them.

  6. Sounds like the perfect day to me van! I saw a documentary about the Highline a while back and I love it, it was a brilliant idea. ❤
    Diana xo

  7. mandy smith says:

    That sounds wonderful Van! I love that mom/daughter bonding time. Talking and eating. 😀

  8. LaVagabonde says:

    Walking and talking go well together. And then eating, too. 😀 I’d never heard of the Highline. What a great idea.

  9. megdekorne says:

    Van dear ….how very wonderful walking and talking and always looking up ! Ooh the joy of motherhood for sure … you always shine and I’m sure the big city feels it as you pass by with your sweet energy as the crowds pass you by ….love and hugs megxxx

    • She has become a true New Yorker..never engages. I kept smiling and saying Hi. She had to restrain from elbowing me, no doubt. The big city can’t really change the stripes of a small town girl at heart. Hugs back to you, Meg. xoxox

  10. Did you know I grew up there? =) You totally took me back. The Village was my second home in high school (and I went to Stuyvesant, in case that rings a bell). Though I was a diligent student, there WAS that (long) season of playing hookie…I hung out at Prospect with my friend’s friends who went to Brooklyn Tech.

    “stopping only for the obligatory “slice” of NY Pizza”
    LOL. You know it.

    Loved your description of mom and daughter time. It is clear you are quite a pair.

    Diana

  11. Angie Mc says:

    I’m just so happy for you! Lovely ❤

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