Pearl's packed up and gone.
Where? New York City, Broadway, Manhattan to be exact.
A unique experience presented itself this year, through her theater class at school. A whirlwind trip lasting 5 days with every minute accounted for. When I was in school, this sort of trip came around twice and I couldn't go either time. We just didn't have a dime to spare. I always swore that if my kids wanted to go on a school trip, that I'd try to make it happen. We are blessed enough that we could make Pearl's trip possible. We paid for the trip and she saved for several months for spending money and the price of her lunch each day.
Her itinerary is the stuff of dreams. The short versions is as follows.
3 shows: Wicked, Mary Poppins, and In the Heights.
Dinner: Puglia's in Little Italy, Ellen's Stardust Diner, Greek at Uncle Nick's, and Pizza at John's Pizzeria.
Lunches at other really cool places. Gotta have a hotdog off a cart, or you couldn't say you've been there.
Neighborhoods: Little Italy and Chinatown.
Sights: St. Patrick's cathedral, Ground Zero, Rockefeller center, Battery Park, Ellis Island, Empire State building, NBC studio tour, Radio City Music, a musical theater workshop, Macy's at Herald Square, Central Park, CBS Early Show, all that and a bunch of shopping and miles of walking.
They're staying a block off Broadway, poor dears.
They left at 6am this morning and she called me when they touched down. She called me again at lunch from Grand Central Station. Her take on things so far, "I can't believe I'm here. It looks so wild, like it's not real. Almost like a movie. People everywhere and gigantic advertisements and lights." I'd imagine I'll get similar reports for the rest of the week.
I'm so excited that she wanted to go and that she's having fun. It's important to me for my kids to be able to branch out if they want to. It's a hard thing to do--to let go, but necessary. I hope her memories last a lifetime.