23 November 2012

Thanksgiving in New York


24 November 1988
28 years old
New York, USA
My friend David and I flew into NY from London, the day before Thanksgiving. We checked into the YMCA and met up with Aussie friends Andrea and Daphne, who were also having an American sojourn before returning to Oz. The next day we saw the Macy's Parade and wandered through Central Park. I look happy enough in this picture, but it was a difficult time: uprooting my life of three years in England and heading home to no job, no boyfriend and back to my room at my parents' house. Funny to see me carrying my Thomas The Tank Engine bag. I used this children's bag as my handbag and used to get a lot of comments on it.

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  1. Just two years later I spent Thanksgiving in New York. My high school choir sang in Carnegie Hall that weekend. I went to the Macy's parade - we verbally harassed the grand marshall that year because he got stopped in front of us for about 20 minutes. Poor Barry Manilow!

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    1. Funny! How great to be able to say you sang in Carnegie Hall!!

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    2. I know...and don't even think for a second I fully appreciated the whole experience at age 16! I knew it was something, but I was more taken with being kind of on my own in New York. Oh well, I get it now! And its not like I totally threw away the experience. Older Melanie would have just had a better grasp of the greatness of the whole situation!

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    3. Makes total sense. I would have been the same!

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    4. Ahhh the ol' 28 years of age / Return of Saturn thing? yes / no?

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    5. Spot on Penni!! In fact I'm writing about that in my novel in progress! One of the main characters is an astrologer.

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  2. Sounds like a surreal experience heading home from heady London to the old bedroom via the Macy's Parade which symbolizes childhood in a way holding a bag of a children's show. I can relate... Glad you got back out though and now have your own wee one!

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  3. All this weaving back and forth in time and space creates such a beautiful tapestry!

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    1. What a lovely turn of phrase, Kay - thank you!

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