The Irish Hunger Memorial
Me: (hobbling home after a workout and groaning the whole time)
Her: You’re really selling this, “Look at me, I’m so young for 50” thing.
Me: I need a nap.
The Firecracker and I were trying to figure what we could do to entertain both kids when we decided to take a long bike/scooter ride down the West Side Greenway to Battery Park City.
We ended up at the Rockefeller Park Playground for a few hours where the kids had fun…
Me: (watching him start playing with some new kids) Man, this kid can be friends with anyone.
Her: That is impressive.
…and the Firecracker and I continued with some stupid human tricks.
Her: I want a cuppa coffee. Do you want some?
Me: It’s getting late. Can I just get some of yours?
Afterward, I ended up going to the coffee shop myself to use their restroom when I passed the Irish Hunger Memorial.
I’d read about it in Times a little while back and saw a quick little video on CBS Sunday Morning on it.
This isn’t it but you get the point.
I thought about Alison, who was fiercely proud of being both Irish and Italian, as well as the time I went to Boston and saw the Irish famine artwork there.
It was a quiet and peaceful place and, weirdly, it really does make you feel like you’re somewhere else. Now, I’ve never been to Ireland before but I can picture it looking similar.
Sometimes, I wonder how Chinese and how American this kid will be. And will he have any interest in the Irish and Italian sides of himself?
I’d love for him to be able to speak Chinese, though. Unfortunately, my Chinese is so crappy, I avoid speaking Chinese to him but maybe I should just do it.
Although, at the end of the day, he’ll be whomever he’s supposed to be, I suppose.
Me: Are you listening to the Backstreet Boys?
Him: (stops singing) Yeah, I like this song.
Me: Where on earth do you find these songs?
Him: (shrugging) I dunno. (starts singing again)
Me: (shrugging also and join him)
Location: Two different supermarkets, trying to bake some pumpkin pies
Music: Looking back on the things I’ve done, I was trying to be someone (Spotify)
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