Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Seeing New York-well, maybe

I'm going to be honest. I never really thought I'd live in New York. Evan and I talked about it as a possibility when we were first married, but it never occurred to me that it would actually happen. There are things I like about where we live and there are things I don't like and won't miss if we move. That being said, I'm starting to feel like we need to take part in all things New York while we're here so we'll have some great memories to look back on. That's why I'm thinking about going to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

I always watched it Thanksgiving morning when I was a kid. It's not something that as a child I told my parents I wanted to attend, but now that we're here, why not? Well, here's why not:

1) The parade starts at 9 am. The official website suggests getting there by 7am to get a good view of the parade. Ummm, website, you must not know me. Hi, I'm Whitney. I hate mornings. I've only become more of a morning person because a) I taught 4th graders starting at 8am. That meant I was at school by 7am. So happy Whitney had to be in attendance by 7:45am. and b) Blake is really the only person that makes me happy in the morning, unless it's 3 in the morning. Then there's no happiness. It's true. Ask my husband. Or my sister.

2) It's going to be cold. It already feels too cold for me these days and the temps are in the 50's! I'm not really a fan of the cold.

3) There will be TONS of people there. Like hundreds of thousands to millions. Which leads me to the next reason.

4) I'm kinda worried that because so many people go to and watch the parade that it is the perfect target for a terrorist attack. I'm serious. It kinda freaks me out. I know you just have to live life, but I'd like to live for a long time.

But beside those 4 reasons, I'd really like to go just to experience it and look back on this time in our lives and say, "Blake, when you were a baby we went to that parade you are watching on TV!" as I am dressed in my cutest housewife dress, heels and pearls, vacuuming, preparing the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, all while sewing a new outfit for our 3rd child. Hahaha ya right. I don't wear heels...although I love them.

So I'm not sure if we'll go. Will it be worth it? Blake won't remember it, so will it really count? (Yes, we'll take pictures to prove it so when this comes out of his mouth: "But we never do anything fun!" I'll just hold the picture in front of him and say, "Yes we do! See!") Would it be better to wait until Blake can appreciate it? Will we even be here when he's that old? Too many questions.


Losing Brownies said...

I don't do well in crowds. I'd freak out if we went.

If you do go it will be an amazing story to share with Blake, but if you don't then you don't. No biggie!

vdg family said...

Heehee Whitney. Good reasoning.

Lindsay said...

We've never done it either, and for very similar reasons. Mostly it's the crowds that turn me off. And lugging small children through them. For me, watching it on TV is usually enough. Even so, every year I toss the idea around of going. And every year I come really close to actually going for it. My rationale usually includes things like, "They're so little -- it'll be easy to tote them through the crowds," and "We don't need an amazing seat -- just being there is enough," and "We might as well -- we live in NYC." But, like I said, we've never actually done it. I think the ideal way to watch the parade in person is to make friends with someone who lives above the parade route so you can watch with them from their window. Boom! That solves the cold and the crowds in one shot! :)

Claudia said...

VERY valid reasons for not going AND for going! But if you do decide to try it, let us know so we can look for you in the crowd!! I could find you I'll bet..really, I could :):):) I was actually thinking of inviting us up to your place for New Year's to watch the ball drop. Whaddya think??? Do you see me laughing??!!

Tori Wilding said...

1. I like the "ask my husband. or my sister." comment because its so true. :)
2. Mom never told me that she was considering New Years in NYC!?!? But she's probably kidding...darn it! Getting my hopes up!!