Remember how I said you wouldn’t like the subway?

I was wrong.

As long as no part of you is touching any part of a stranger you LOVE the subway.

I told her if we ended up in a subway by ourselves she could do this. I didn't think it would actually happen. #AddieInNYC

You already know the difference between uptown and downtown you know that streets are shorter than avenues.

We easily walked more than 6 miles today and you never complained.

When you were tired you asked to take a break.

When you wanted to take a picture you asked if I would stop so you could.

So damn proud. #AddieInNYC

You move out of foot traffic to tie your shoe.

You bob and weave on busy sidewalks like a lifelong pro.

People talking to themselves, trees, their fingers or the sky don’t phase you one bit.

You are easily the most fun person in the world to travel with.

You stop to listen to every street performer, I’m out of dollar bills because you’ve insisted we give one to anyone dancing, singing, or playing an instrument.

Even after walking ALL DAY, you still insist on stopping at the playground to play before we head in for bed.

Remember when I said you’d probably want to live out some part of your life here?

I was right, and I believe with every part of me you will. You fit in here, you belong here.

Today you said you wanted to take the subway home from work everyday, stop at Dylan’s Candy Bar on the way to your apartment and “get a pack of Nerds, because that’s what grownups do, they can get candy whenever they want.”

"It's like a magical chocolate covered rainbow wonderland." -Addie, age 8. #AddieInNYC

I’m tempted to give you candy whenever you want, you’re so wonderful.

Here’s to all that tomorrow has in store for us.

xo, mama

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You can follow Addie’s adventures in NYC on Instagram and twitter with #AddieInNYC.

Comments

  1. And this post is why we still live in Brooklyn, despite longing for the space and relative ease of living in the ‘burbs. I hope our little one loves the city one day as much as yours seems to!

  2. She looks so, so grown up in these pictures. :)

  3. I’m not sure I’ve ever commented before, but I wanted to let you know that I have two daughters – one about Addie’s age – and your recent trips with Addie have inspired me to set a goal of taking my big girl on a special trip before she gets “too big.” Thanks for helping me make that a priority, and have fun in NYC!

  4. Love the hat!

  5. Oh I so love this!

  6. Awwww she sounds like a true New Yorker.

  7. I love all of the pictures, but I especially love love the picture of Addie in the park staring out at the water! Beautiful!

  8. So I love when you quote Addie because I hear her cute voice and see her cute expressions. Have I already commented about this before?

  9. Oh, as usual I love this (especially the photos). I often wonder if my kids will be city kids. Or if they’ll be more comfortable in nature, or the suburbs. What will fit for them. I belong on the beach, though I’ve never lived on one. Everytime I’ve gone to the west coast I felt this overwhelming sense that this is where I belong. And hopefully one day Addie will make it to NYC and I to California.

  10. You’re a wonderful mom and beautiful writer. I love how you parent Addie to be loving but independent, adventurous but respectful. I be rereading these entries when I (hopefully) have a daughter someday.

    Also, yes. I eat candy whenever I want.

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