"I make a point of waving or nodding hello when I can. I have come to believe that kindness is repaid in unexpected ways and that if you are lonely or bone-tired or blue, you need only come down from your perch and step outside. New York — which is to say, New Yorkers — will take care of you."
|Celebrating saying yes to the dress!|
Having time to go to one store with my Lady when she was in the US for Christmas, watching her try on 5 or 6 wedding dresses, finding “the one” was surreal and beautiful. My other Lady and I found dresses we liked (not loved) as well, a bonus. Living in the fashion mecca of the US, I decided to explore before buying that dress. Well, shopping in NYC, especially when you’re of a certain age, short, a tad round, is not as much fun as it should be. Ugh. (Until you meet a Fairy God-friend…)
|The oldest escalator in the U.S. (in Macy's)|
|Art in the Garment District|
|Bar at the Union Square Cafe|
The next week, I went to explore the behind the scenes of yet another NYC institution. A clothing manufacturer in the garment district. Less than 45 minutes later, I left that experience with my head spinning, my heart leaping, and feeling not just a bit like Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.” My new Fairy God-Friend, S, picked out 2 formal dresses that we all liked, asked the manager of that department to have them made up in two sizes, with shawls to match. Then she started pulling fun everyday clothes off the spring/summer rack that would be great for my trip to Africa.
A few days later, a large box was delivered to my apartment filled with the fun clothes. The next week, another box arrived with the formal gowns. Oh, my!
I returned the clothes I would not keep last week. S would accept no payment! Refused. I promptly made a donation to Planned Parenthood in the name of my Fairy God-Friend. I’ll head back to S’s offices before I leave for Sierra Leone to pick up some skirts…
And, later in the Spring, I will take S & D to dinner at our restaurant, to share pictures and notes on our Weddings. NYC, as always, thank you for the adventures, experiences, and most of all for the People, I am blessed and grateful to meet.