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Stroller vs Subway

How I love the NYC subway!  An underground world that has the oldest and most extensive transportation system in the world, with newspaper stands, quick-bite vendors, small shops, coffee and flower stands, precincts, street performers and the occasional filming.  The underground world has the same hustle and bustle as the world just a few feet above.

During my BC days (lets refer to it as before child and AC as after child) in the underground world I would scurry up and down the long subway stairways, breeze through turnstiles, run to catch the subway, squeeze through the subway doors before they would shut, then slither my way through a crowded subway car saying, ‘sorry, sorry’ (New Yorkers tend to say sorry rather than excuse me) if it was crowded.  And, I loved every bit of it.

Something not so glamorous about the underground world, watching other mothers carry their baby and stroller up and down the long busy subway stairways.  They looked exhausted, hot, tired and it honestly looked like grueling work.  At the time I thought, never me, no way, won’t ever happen!

Now, here I am 7 years later, with a sweet little baby and a stroller, living in Brooklyn, and a strong will to get into Manhattan!  Only one stop from Brooklyn to Manhattan, 5 minutes to Union Square and fifteen minutes to Soho!  Will the stroller stop me from riding the subway?  Or, will I have a whole new respect and understanding for the subway stroller mom?

Today we took the subway and this is what it was like… [Read more...]

Father’s Day is Sunday!

Each year in June, I always ask myself that not so easy question, ‘What am I going to do for Father’s Day?’  How can I truly let my father know how much he is loved?  Is there something out there, big enough?

Let me tell you a little about my dad…

He is a true family man.  A man who would give the shirt off his back for his loved ones, a man who asks for very little,  a man who has worked to the bone to provide for his family, a man who would come home from a long tough day at work and would have no expectations, because the love from his family was enough.  Gifts were never expected for any occasion, but he was always very grateful when he received one.  In an emergency, such as a stubbed toe or scratched finger, he always took it very serious and never dismissed a ridiculous story to how it happened.  My father saw the weekends as sacred family time and not a day went by without an I love you.  He has always been simple in his wants, yet there is nothing simple, at all, about my dad.  Through the challenges of parenthood, his love has never stopped and never wavered.

So how will I honor such a great man on Father’s Day this year, you ask … with a fruit basket.  No need to reread it, you’re eyes are not playing tricks on you, it is true, a fruit basket.  I have asked him for 35 years what he would like for Father’s Day and he always has the same reply, ‘Nothing, just time and love from my family’.  Since I am now 3,000 miles away, I will have to rely on Plan B.  I happen to know my father loves food and loves to eat.  So this year, a fruit basket will have to say, I love you.  Keeping it healthy, since I want to make sure we have many more years with such a great father.  Just hope he knows, he is loved much more than a fruit basket.

This weekend we will be taking a family trip to the Central Park Zoo, so Maddie can honor her father.  Dean, who may not have 35 daddy years under his belt yet, has definitely shown Madison what a great father he is and will be.  This weekend, no gifts will be handed, no top-notch event will be thrown, just a day with the family celebrating a father and daughter’s love.  Something I have learned from my father.

What plans do you have for Father’s Day?  Would love to hear!  Have a great weekend!!

Until next ride,


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