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Yes, it has been awhile . ..

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Yes, it has been awhile since I posted a blog.  Frankly I do have a great deal to write about but lack the motivation.  Until now.

Something unique happened to me on a recent trip to New York City.  I was there with family for my standard medical appointment - let's see if Mom's cancer returned - when out of boredom I spotted an interesting poster on the subway.  The poster was promoting the city's "Summer Streets" where they close Park Avenue for three straight Saturday's in August for the morning only.  If you planned it right and got there early you could also rent a bike for free. 

So early it was at 7am when I stood in line for an hour (I was very tempted to walk away at this point.)  I rented four bikes for myself as well as my husband, daughter and autistic son.  We had one hour and calmly rode the bikes up Park Avenue.  What an experience!  To view the city from the view of a bike along the street. 

Remember, I have one leg that doesn't work right and a son who tends to drift in attention.  Yet this morning, we could take time and ride slowly and just enjoy the city.  What an opportunity to spend time with him and have fun ourselves!  He loves to ride bikes and he was fabulous on this excursion.  The timing was right as well -- more than hour would have too much on my leg and my son.

Thank you New York for a great summer morning!

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