Friday, November 16, 2007

Sweet Goodness Swap Challenge

Lucy has posted our November swap question for all you Holiday Sister Swappers here. Basically we've asked that you share a favorite quote and how it relates to a holiday past. This subject came up because my swap partner Breanna asked me for a favorite quote. I used to be full of quotes though I couldn't think of a single one to tell her. I decided on "Live. Laugh. Love" because it's a mantra I like to try to live by. (If you want to see the November goodies I sent Breanna she has some lovely pictures here. I'll share how I did the glittered letters after the holiday!)

So what's my quote? Hmmm. Well "Such is Life" really comes to mind! LOL. Other than that nothing is really popping out for me.

So instead I just thought I'd give you a quote made by myself and I'm sure many others. "Don't forget to look up!" Strange you say? Let me explain. As many of you know, I live in New York City. We have over 8 MILLION residents. And that doesn't include the people who commute in for work from Long Island and the Tri-State area, tourists or our millions of illegal residents. The next city closest in population to us in the U.S. is Los Angeles and they only have just under 4 million residents. Oh and L.A. is 7 times larger space-wise. You do the math. Needless to say it's crowded here. I don't love it. I love my house and know how fortunate we are to live in such a large space when so many others reside in sardine cans but this is not my "forever home." I complain about it A LOT. Especially when I'm sitting on the 7 train with 400 other people and it's not moving. Oy.

So what does this have to do with "Don't forget to look up?"

*Sorry for the blurry photo! It's the best I could do while walking a crowded sidewalk.*

I get on the train at the corner of 42nd Street and 6th Avenue every day. Something drew my attention to look up the other night and there it was. The Empire State Building all decked out for Christmas. I mean I KNOW it's there. It's always there. I just sometimes don't see it. But the other night I did and it was lovely. And it's large enough to be seen by 8 million plus people every night.

God bless New York.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, I'll be off with friends next week and will be back to posting the week of the 26th.

Cheers! Rebecca


Thimbleanna said...

Wow! Now you've made me want to come into NYC at night -- just to see that beautiful building!!! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Heidi said...

I love it! I'm a little nostalgic for NYC because it was this last weekend, one year ago that my mom and I went for our girls' weekend and I fell in love. :) The ESB was red when I was there, and I could see it from our hotel room window (40th & just off 5th). I LOVED NYC and can't wait to get back to visit again soon!

Lucy said...

Great quote, Rebecca! I think in addition to looking up, it can be a metaphor for just noticing your surroundings--so many times we walk by and not really notice who it is next to us, the beauty of our own little (big) world, and just simply taking time to appreciate what's close by us.

I hope that your find your forever home soon and it's everything you want it to be. I'm hoping for the same before I turn 45! LOL That's my goal even though it's several years off-it's in line with my current situation and realistic enough for me not to feel it's out of reach.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Breanna said...

I wouldn't want to live there, but I sure love to visit!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sid Simpson said...

One of my dreams is to see the Macy's Thanksgiving parade in person then go look at all of the beautiful store displays. Of course, I would be so cold I would not remember my own name. but it would be fun!

Thanks for sharing some city spirit.

Jane said...

I totally understand that crowded feeling in NYC. That was one of the first things that struck me when I moved to LA. There are very few skyscrapers. There is enough space to build out and not up. Lovely post. I think all city dwellers have to look a little harder for beauty around them, but it is there.

CONNIE W said...

My step-daughter lived in NYC for a few years so we used to visit her and we always loved NYC. I've seen several shows, shopped, been here, been there, but my favorite part was always just hanging out, the dining, the bakeries, taking walks, having a picnic in Central Park and people-watching. During that interval of time I imagined how life would be if we could live in Manhattan in an apartment and experience a totally different way of life. She lived first in the Bronx, then Manhattan (near Zabars) and then in Brooklyn, so we experienced variety over the years. I appreciate all those visits now and have lots of good memories of the wonderful city of NYC.

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