Monday, January 30, 2006

You do the math

My son's tuition just went up to $24,995....better known as $25,000.

He will be entering third grade next year.

You do not want to know what percentage of our post tax income that tuition figure absorbs.

We received his report card last week. He did very well although sometimes during lessons he rests a book on his lap and starts to read when he gets bored.

He is seven years old and every other word out of his mouth is "fart".

He wears a WWII fighter pilot hat (brown leather with fleece lining) at all times.

Somehow I still feel this is money well spent on a beautiful mind.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Spring Fever

The weather is unseasonably warm here in the East Village. It's tricking me into feeling hopeful.
It's March weather.


...the time of year for every trip I ever took to London or Paris
...the beginning of lacrosse practice when I was a teenager
...the month my son was born
...watching and (better yet) marching in the crazy NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade
...the smell of soggy earth, windy days and intermittent sunshine
...a time of possibilities and start overs and the official dawning of SPRING FEVER when I fall in love with everything and everyone

I'm sure the artic winds are just around the corner waiting to slap some sense into me.

Monday, January 16, 2006

First Love

Shortly before Christmas I spent several days in Boston on business.

Although I am firmly rooted in my hometown, Massachusetts will always feel like my first love. I spent my entire young adulthood there - - all over the state at different times. It was a warm and welcoming place to be for a good natured and somewhat audacious young me.

My best friend in world history lives there. His name is Joe. We were both 20 when I asked him to join me as I walked away from everything and everyone I knew to begin a life of my own making up in Boston. He understood how profoundly on my own I was without me having to spell it out.

Joseph and I met in third grade. We started a discussion that began with the Partridge Family's "Up to Date" record and has continued now for thirty-five years.

He walked me down the aisle when I married my husband in the old Unitarian Church in Harvard Square. Right before we made our grand entrance, he took both my hands, looked into my eyes and said "I have cherished every moment of being your friend - never never forget that".

We've shared countless moments together. Some hilarious, some tragic, some difficult but mostly silly moments.

So I skipped the hotel and stayed with him in Cambridge. It was wonderful. We went to the Rustic Grill in Porter Square - it was warm, cozy and delicous. Living in New York, you tend to forget how friggin whip ass cold that Boston wind can be. You also forget that a "short walk home" in New York is about half the distance of a short walk home on a FREEZING night in Boston.

To make matters worse, on the way home from dinner Joe made me laugh so hard I peed in my pants....literally. Try that one on for size when it's 16 degrees out.

That night I feel asleep in his guest room. It was the best sleep I've had in years. I felt so safe and lucky to be in a room next to my oldest and dearest friend.