Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Room With A View

Had an amazing flight to New York tonight, by way of Manchester, NH. Of course I was immediately disheartened to board a tiny prop plane, but the ride was smooth and we ended up flying clear across Manhattan (thanks, LGA, for the perpetual traffic). We soared directly above Central Park, where I recognized the Met, and Columbus Circle! And then I was all giddy, because did I ever mention I love New York?

I walked out into the terminal at LaGuardia, actually humming "Memories." I was struck that I had not frequented the airport since the end of 2006, but everything felt so familiar. In the ladies' room, I marveled that there may someday be another airport I call home. That the transit hubs I am intimately familiar with now (Manchester, Providence, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Syracuse) will someday become foreign. Change is inevitable, I suppose.

I arrive at my downtown hotel and begin the check-in process.

"Oh! I forgot to give you my rewards card." I pull it from my wallet and hand it to the desk attendant.

"That makes a huge difference," he smiles. "Let's see if I can't get you a better room."

"On the concierge lounge?" I ask. (I am a spoiled bleeding-heart liberal.)

"I can't get you on that floor, but I've got you just one floor below."


And up and up to the 37th floor. As I enter the perfectly neat space, I beam as I glimpse the Empire State Building uptown.

Then, I look down.

Still, a gaping hole in the Earth, over eight years later.

Still, it gets me.

And so I shut the blinds, in an attempt to pretend. And now Ninja and I sit, sipping herbal tea and eating chocolate chip cookies from the concierge lounge.

And I remember.


Anonymous said...

Hi HomeValley!
Thanks for your description about your "Room with a view".
The economic world crisis makes imposible take a tour to United States or Europe...
So, I read blogs like yours because they are like "my room with a view"..ah ah ah...
Have a great week !
From Buenos Aires, Argentina...

Tangoferoz said...

You write very well.
Great for you!!!

Mama_Bear_Sarah said...

Don't you find it interesting that after 8 years people still can't agree what to put in that spot? I think it's very fitting.

Anonymous said...

Everytime I read an article about Ground Zero, it says something about how they have a new idea and then it just sort of fizzles out. What happened to the Freedom Tower? You wonder what is really going on.


Nicky P. said...

Remembering is good. Lovely piece.

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