I Love New York City

New York City Budget

Child: I'm hungry.

Mother: !

Child: I said I'm hungry!

Mother: What do you mean you're hungry?

Child: I'm hungry I'm hungry I'm hungry.

Mother: You can't be hungry! We didn't plan to eat until dinner time!

Child: Well, I'm hungry.

Mother: We're in New York City! Do you know that in New York City everything costs five-hundred dollars? Everything! Even a pancake and a glass of milk!

Child: Really?

Mother: Yes!

Child: I'm hungry.

Mother: Why didn't you eat those nice, inexpensive PBJs we packed? Why didn't you eat on the bus before we got here?

Child: I wasn't hungry then.

Mother: That's!...That's!...That's not a good answer!

Child: I'm so hungry.

Mother: If I buy you lunch, that's your Christmas present. A $500 pancake.

Child:

Mother: Okay. I'm lying.

Child:

Mother: But I am deducting a stocking stuffer.



The Gist of Things

Mother: Okay, now, do you remember what to do if you get separated from Mommy while we're in the city?

Another Child: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Mother: Well?

Another Child: *sigh* Find someone and tell them your cell phone number.

Mother: Good! And what is my cell phone number?

Another Child: Blah, blah, blahbity, blah.

Mother: Right! And who are you going to look for if you get lost?

Another Child: Someone rich.

Mother:

Another Child:

Mother: I don't think they'll buy you the new American Girl doll, either.

Another Child: Harumph.


Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Some

Mother: Well! This is Times Square! THE Times Square!

Child: Wow! There sure are a lot of televisions!

Mother: Yup. There sure are.

Another child: There are a LOT of people here.

Mother: Oh yes! There sure are a lot of people. People from all over the world!

Child: Really?

Mother: Yup! It's like the whole world is here and everyone is happy and getting along! It's like we're standing here, right in the middle of the wonderful, beautiful universe!

Another child: Wait...you mean I'm standing right in the middle of the whole universe right now?

Child: HEY! I want to stand in the middle of the universe, too! Move over!

Another Child: NO! I'm standing in the middle of the universe!

Child: MOMMY! WHY DOES SHE GET TO STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE UNIVERSE AND I DON'T! SHE NEVER LETS ME STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE UNIVERSE!

Another Child: I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE UNIVERSE FIRST!

Child: WHHHHAAAAAAAAA!

Another Child: HEY STOP SHOVING ME!

Mother: STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT!

Child: *sulk*

Another Child: *sulkity sulk*

Mother: You're BOTH standing in the middle of the universe, okay?

Child: Okay.

Another Child: Okay.

Mother: Okay.




Child: I'm hungry.



All in all - and $500 pancakes aside - our trip to Radio City Music Hall was a big hit with many awestruck and delightful moments. Nothing says "Christmas in New York" like a holiday stage show with fireworks, dancing girls, and a live camel. Nothing.

18 comments:

Marinka said...

Standing in the middle of the universe really builds up an appetite.

Suz Broughton said...

"...deducting a stocking stuffer" I'm using that one.

Suggestion:

Child "I'm hungry"
Mom "Hi hungry, I'm Mommy."
Repeat 5,ooo times.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

That final photo is awesome----that's how I feel whenever I go to Times Square too.

The last time I took the girls to NYC, my oldest got her head stuck in a revolving door. In other words, we were so out of our league.

scargosun said...

He he. We had a trip JUST like that when I was little.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

And that is why I'm the granola bar queen.

Heidi said...

We Radio Cities a coupla Christmases ago and it was an awful lot of fun. Took Emily, but not Matthew ... that definitely helped. I try to limit the opportunities that the kids outnumber me. :)

Variations On A Theme said...

When my girlie was young, I taught her (thanks to Gavin DeBecker) to find a woman with children if she got lost. The first time my husband took both kids out by himself, she got lost in a bookstore. She was 4 years old.

The woman girlie found was standing by the information desk holding girlie in her arms when hubby arrived. When he got home (still looking rather terrified) he said, "Thank you for teaching her that."

She probably would have been fine regardless, but I was so proud! And glad he finally recognized my infinite wisdom, of course.

Jozet at Halushki said...

VOAT,

Yes! And I love Gavin DeBecker!

In fact, I usually have my girls practice going up to a mom or grandma (with the adult knowing about it) and tugging on her sleeve to get attention.

From working in the bookstore, I see kids who are lost and just standing around, and later their parents say, "But I told them what to do". I think when kids actually practice going up to an adult and tugging at a sleeve and reciting their "I'm lost" script, there is a better chance that they will do it in reality and not panic. So many kids just wander around the store looking lost and upset until an adult approaches them.

My older daughter knew what to do; she was just being a smart aleck. Wonder where she gets that from.

And yes! That's great that your kiddo knew what to do.

And so many parents I've seen then freak out at their kids when they do get found. Maybe understandable, but they also forget to say, "Good on you for not leaving the store" or "good job finding an adult." It's not easy being lost.

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

Deducting a stocking stuffer is really good!

Mr Farty said...

Now I wanna stand in the middle of the universe, sigh.

Mrs. G. said...

I'm so glad you guys had fun!

mothergoosemouse said...

God, I miss New York. $500 pancakes and all.

annenahm said...

lulz - sounds like a fun time :^)

Cat said...

Wow. Glad you didn't have to resort to the $1200 crepes, because that would just be ridiculous.

Peggy Sez.. said...

Sulkity Sulk...
I never get to go..Waaaa!!


P.S.I'm glad you had fun.

kgirl said...

rofl. this is my favorite tome to nyc ever, besides 'at grand central station I sat down and cried.'

Mother Theresa said...

LMAO! I can just picture your kids fighting to be at the center of the universe. And the hungry thing...been there, done that (except in our case it was Paris, where a croissant costs an arm and a leg). :D

Magpie said...

I am very happy to hear you say that because I just forked over a ton of money for six tickets to those Rockettes.

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