A New York Minute

Sometimes you need to treat yourself to a $25 cocktail.

In New York City.

My kids and I love reading about New York. That does not mean we took them on our 10th wedding anniversary trip to the Big Apple.

But we thought about them a lot (but had fun without them.)  I had to take advantage and visit some places we had read about.

Upon arrival, after walking in the wrong direction for several blocks, we visited The New York Public Library. It was a thrill for me to see the Library Lions and visit the children’s section.

In the children's section of the NYC library, these Lego lions reign.

In the children’s section of the NYC library, these Lego lions reign.

Oh my Lawd, I also had to go visit The Plaza where Eloise lives.  (Read about her in a past blog post.)

We explored the magnificent structure and visited the Eloise gift shop where the shop attendant told me the parents are usually more excited to visit than the kids.

I found Eloise at the Plaza.

I found Eloise at the Plaza.

We then had that $25 cocktail. I sipped a pink cosmopolitan, so I could channel Sex in the City and Eloise.

Eloise lives in the tower with Nanny.

Eloise lives in the tower with Nanny.

I don’t know if Max and Calvin were that impressed that we visited the home of Eloise. They were mostly concerned with finding out what we bought them. (An Eloise highlighter and New York City bus for Calvin; a Lego Chrysler Building and Yankees hat for Max.)

I can’t wait to go back.

Here are a few of our favorite NYC books:

This is New York by Miroslav Sasek (I’ve mentioned this one a lot but we love it!)

Eloise by Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight.

B is for Brooklyn by Selina Alko (Read a past blog post.)

The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes to New York by Kevin Hawkes (Read our thoughts on Toddie here.)

Statue of Liberty

Just for fun, here’s my shot of Lady Liberty.

 

Worm loves Worm

In the last few weeks, my best male friend married his partner of many years. A few days ago, a dear girlfriend had a baby with her wife.

The pastor at my church married his long-time partner in May. Another friend is being cared for by his husband during a sudden illness; they’re grateful they married after 30 some years and don’t have to worry about the legalities of the healthcare system.

You see where I’m going with this.

There’s much to be said about the horrendous events in Florida this week. In this space, I simply want to recognize that “love is love” with a children’s book.

My kids know girls can marry girls, boys can marry boys, and boys can marry girls. Books help reinforce these simple lessons.

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian and illustrated by Mike Curato is a great celebration of love.

worm loves worm

As Worm and Worm plan their wedding, other bugs tell them, “that isn’t how it’s done.”

“Then we’ll just change how it’s done,” says Worm.

“Yes,” says Worm.

And they marry, each wearing a mix of a bride and groom’s outfits. Surrounded by their friends.

Pretty simple. It’s a lovely book.

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The Worms look amazing in their wedding garb.

When I told the kids my friend was having a baby with her wife, Max asked me, “Did they need a boy?”

“Yes, a boy helped them,” I said. (Note, they don’t know all the DETAILS of how a baby is made.)

“Yeah, sometimes it takes five people to make a baby,” said Calvin.

We may need a book about babies.

Dedicated to the people of Orlando with love.