New York, New York

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Let’s Hear It For New York!

It all started with a far-fetched dream, and the desire for adventure…

Beloved’s, let me tell you about my magical trip to The Big Apple.

For years I’ve been dreaming of the city that never sleeps. I always stay updated on New York Fashion Week, watch marathon after marathon of Law & Order and Sex & The City (all taking place in NYC), but I’ve never been able to actually go experience the city for myself. Hearing everyone talk about this other world, this place that made you feel alive, drove me to such curiosity that I knew I needed to go. But as we all know, vacationing is pretty pricey…especially when it comes to New York City. Well, one normal, summer evening I found out my dream would finally come true, compliments of my sweet, Christopher.

It was crazy how everything worked out, so let me fill you in. I have spent the entire summer working my tail feathers off for a promotion at work. The promotion involved going from working in management in a retail store to working at the company’s corporate office. I spent every day working—a day off was nonexistent. Finally, I mustered up the courage to ask for a week off when I found out about New York. And of course, the nature of working retail denied me the chance to get the time off I wanted.  I know… I was bummed, too. But here comes the amazing part. I got the job at the office! And being between jobs, I had a week gap… meaning I had a whole week off. Miraculously enough, it was the same week I had requested off for New York.

 It was like The Lord was telling me to go, so I did. It’s funny how He works things out, huh?

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So one night after my last day at my job in the store, Chris and I drove to New York—okay, well he drove to New York, I sat shot gun and slept. We live in Tennessee, so it was about a 12 hour drive. We spent the road trip like any other: listening to music, singing really loud, talking, and laughing. We were looking at an all-nighter, but we didn’t mind. It was nice getting to spend that time together. And at about 4:30 in the morning we had arrived! After trying our best to catch up on some sleep for a couple hours, we decided to head into the big city.

We caught the 7 o’clock train into the heart of Manhattan with no agenda, no plans, and no idea of how to navigate the city. We wandered aimlessly, taking it all in, and it was one of the best mornings I have ever spent. The air was cool; the sun was peeking through the skyscrapers that towered around us just enough to keep us warm. We grabbed some coffee and ate breakfast at a fancy little café, and then we were on the hunt for our first tourist stop: Times Square.

We walked block after block—making circles at one point—we couldn’t find Times Square if our lives depended on it, and we even typed it into the GPS on our phones! After about an hour of more wandering, we finally found it…just a couple blocks over. At that point we just laughed at ourselves for being so close to it this whole time and not knowing it! To be honest, Times Square is pretty overwhelming, but definitely a must when in New York.

 We went to Rockefeller Center, said a quick hello to the city on the rooftop of Trump Tower, went in and out of shops in Midtown, made a necessary pit stop at Tiffany’s and drooled over the diamond rings (hinting at a certain something, to a certain someone), and then we tried to master the subway system (which failed), and then we ended up in the beautiful Central Park. We grabbed hotdogs and held hands all the way to the first bench we saw. Romantic, right? After doing almost everything we could in a day’s time in the city, we decided to head back to the hotel. We were tired, hungry, and grumpy, but we still wouldn’t trade that day in for the world!

Waking up rested and ready, the day was spent exploring the lower part of New York. We wandered around Soho, which ended up being my favorite part of NYC, we walked through Chinatown and Little Italy, watched the coolest street breakdancing show ever, we took a stroll along the Hudson River, saw Lady Liberty, walked down Wall Street, and we visited the 9/11 memorial. It was heart breaking to stand where one of the most tragic incidents happened.  This, too, was a memorable day, and we finally got the hang of the whole subway thing!

The next day, was my second favorite day we spent in New York. We didn’t do a lot this day but we went pretty big. We saw The Lion King on Broadway. It was honestly the most amazing show I have ever seen. The theatrics were phenomenal; the set was so detailed and well put together, and who doesn’t love The Lion King? I recall resting my head on Chris’s shoulder during the show and thinking about how good life was in that very moment. It was a wonderful, wonderful day.

And now, let me tell you about my absolute favorite day in New York. We woke up early and decided to head into the city one last day before we made our way back home. We decided to spend the day around Soho. We went in and out of shops, taking the city in for one last time. Our last lunch and dinner were our best choices and well thought out: real Chinese food in Chinatown, dessert from the Little Cupcake Bakeshop, New York style pizza from Joe’s, and candy from Dylan’s Candy Bar. One word: yum! We had such a fun day just walking around, doing nothing, and eating… a lot!

It was my favorite day because I remember sitting on the train on the ride back, staring back at Chris, and just falling in love with everything. I fell in love with the city, the busy streets, the loud people, the odd smell and chaos on every corner, and all of the walking. I fell in love all over again with Chris and the way he never let go of my hand as we navigated our way through a new city. I fell in love with every day bringing something totally new. I fell in love with the closeness of everyone in the city. I just really fell in love. I felt The Lord wash joy over me. I was so perfectly and incandescently happy.

There was something about this trip that I will always hold on to. I’ll never forget the days I spent in New York City, with no plans, no agenda, and no idea what the day would bring. I will be forever thankful to the city that made me and all of my problems feel small compared to my big and gracious God. I loved my time in New York with my best and dearest friend.

The Lord definitely took me deeper than my feet could ever wander.

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All my heart,

Madison

1 Comment

  • Reply August 21, 2014

    Esther

    Madison this was wonderful! I felt like I was in New York with you. And seriously, The Lion King on Broadway is sooo wonderful! I love how God sets plans up for us — he definitely does give is desires of our heart for sure. 🙂

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