Indeed, I am still alive and still actively wandering the streets of new york city. Sometimes I don’t even know where the days go, and I seem to have lost track, multiple times throughout the span of even a mere hour. I have learned to start crossing the streets while changing a song on my ipod, and texting a friend, and last night, even though I was late in meeting Ryan due to the L train being held up on the track (someone fainted on the train), I still managed to help someone find their way to upper Manhattan.
All he said was, hablas espanol? And boom, I tried the best I could to get him to where he needed to be. As if I knew how to even use the train systems, taking into account transfers and all this NYC subway stuff, I succeeded, and he finished the conversation and said thank you, by giving me a high five. It was sweet! I was nice…I even exited the subway station with him and told him how many blocks and what direction to go in to get the train he needed. Yay!
I then proceeded to the lower east side with ryan– the typical pianos, and of course, the Bryant park hotel where Jose hooked us up. Yeah, it was a great night of burning off calories. That’s for sure. Two stamps, a sharpee figure of a couple of jumbled hearts, and a glow in the dark x. memories.
The weather is unpredictable, as are the different people I see everyday. I will walk, and sometimes stare at people, in pure curiosity, wondering where they came from, and why their faces look the way they do – some look real sad, some look real happy, and others just are. I would love to know what everyone is thinking in their own heads…on the subway, in the park, and in alphabet city. I mean, what percentage of these people actually live in new york?
I am looking forward for my ministry to actually start, especially in the school setting. There is a lot going on this year, and it will all happen just as it should, but it is a very restless time while I am in the waiting period until the students have their butts in seats.
Going to mass tonight in harlem was something that I definitely needed. It was wonderful to be with Kristen again and to debrief about life, and love and why. Having a familiar face, and hearing stories of her GSV experiences, it’s all good and great, and I am so lucky to have her here. We walked through the campus of Columbia, and it was just interesting to be on a college campus again. THOSE were the days.
Oh life…there’s so much going on…what’s next?