Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thanks for always remembering us Paul...

Yesterday was my brother in laws birthday. I was waiting for the right moment to tell my son Ian as we were traveling to Manhattan for the day. If you are a reader of this blog you know my brother-in-law passed away a little over a year ago.
The train was crowded & we couldn't get a seat. As we moved towards the back of the train a rather large young man noticed us & with his sweet baby face told us to take his seat because he was getting up anyway. I said, "Oh, you're getting off?" & he replied, (& I could tell this was a lie) "yeah, I have to make a phone call." I declined saying that it was OK & we walked back to where we could stand more comfortably. He was obviously sitting there working & on his way to work-I was thinking it really was less of a bother for us to stand. We like to have our own seat, but we really were fine. Then, not a minute later he was standing before us saying," you better go get that seat before someone else takes it. " I just shook my head & laughed thinking to myself how often are any of us the recipients of such persistent kindness? I told my son that it was his Uncle Paul- I told him that anything good that happens to us today will be credited to his uncle because I believe he is watching over all of his family & since today is his birthday he is probably especially busy. Paul loved life & especially enjoyed making others happy. If Paul didn't actually whisper something in the kind mans ear that prompted him to give up his seat so that he could stand for the next 40 minutes, he most likely would have done the same thing.
When we got to an appointment early, our friend Nigel saw us immediately, leaving us with more time than anticipated to enjoy the city. Then we were off to look for some music posters for Ian's room. On a lark we went to check out http://www.generationrecords.com/ over on Thompsom Street & found two Who posters, a Beatles poster & a Pink Floyd Poster, all for the phenomenal price of just $32!
When we got to Joe's Pizza there wasn't room to stand at a counter much less sit. The frigid cold made eating outside not an option so we simply stood squeezed between everyone balancing our flimsy paper plates when a young mother with two children less than 4 years old offered to share her table with us.
We had a great day together in the city.

have IPOD will travel...

necessary supplies for city trip...

cool window design on Greene Street...


I wish I could sleep like this in Generation records...

Joe's Pizza is still is one of the best places to get Pizza in the city. It's on Carmine Street right off of Bleecker Street in the Village. It also hapens to be the pizza place Spiderman held a job at delivering pizza in NYC!

Skull Candy -compliments of Uncle Jimmy. These are amazing for blocking out sounds like train & school bus noise without having to blast music in your ear. Thankfully kids consider them "cool".



We will never forget you Paul...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those are really great pics. Need to get into shape for a trip into NYC, want a tour of Lifetime's new studios and a lunch.
Priscilla's G'ma

LauraE said...

Sounds like you and Ian had a great day. Hope those blessings from Paul keep coming.

Qausi-Mom said...

Great post Diana. Love the picture of the windows.
Lisa

Lily Hydrangea said...

Thank you Laura!
& thank you too Lisa...
you both are so kind.