A few days ago I was standing in the subway with Rob when I said “I feel like (but of course I felt like!) I need some gold high tops from NY” and he probs rolled his eyes but then said “yeah you do”. So it came as no surprise a few days later when I found myself rushing into a sports store a few days later chatting to Enrique the world’s most enthusiastic salesman and trying on some gold high tops.
I bought them. Of course I did.
Enrique was fantastic. He was yelling and high fiving and when he went downstairs to get me a size 9 gold and black high tops he yelled out “BETH I AM GOING TO GET YOU A SIZE 9, I GOT CHU GIRRRRRRL!”
Sums up everything this place is to me.
A Mum of 3 from Burrawang can be in gold high tops OF COURSE SHE CAN BE. That’s what I love most about this magnificent city filled to the brim with people and life and history and culture and city-ness. You can be whoever or whatever you want to be. For a little time, or for a little longer. It’s packed with diversity and stories and struggles and success, it sums up everything good that America has (or had) to offer. Offering hope and prosperity and a go to anyone willing to have a crack.
And while I’m just here for some time out from my normal life. It has given me this time (as it did last) so much more.
As Mum’s and wives and people with careers and work and you know, Monday to Sunday life, this gift we gave ourselves on this trip of time has been so special. Time to step away from all we do and are. Time to reconnect as a couple. Time to get some distance from the demands of kids and life. Time to just be ME again.
What a gift.
I’m filled to the brim with happiness and memories (and food). My legs are aching from the walking we have done. My mind stretched by what we’ve seen, the people we have met.
We put ourselves into time out, and it’s been so good. Thanks to friends and family who have looked after our precious girls at home who have been loved and happy and supported and FINE. Your kids are going to be just FINE if you are thinking you can’t ever leave them, you can. Of course you can.
Tomorrow morning we will be back home, a little weary after 24 hours travelling back around the other side of the world, so excited to jump back into life and routines and fighting kids and school holidays. Same, same but different. A fuller heart and mind, a stronger connection with Rob and so many wonderful memories to tap into whenever I want.
Thanks for coming along for the ride. New York, she’s got me alright.
See you on the flip side x