Photo by myself on lower Broadway, around Rector Street.
Along the 'Canyon of Heroes', where championship teams and events are awarded ticker tape parades, over 200 plaques with stainless steel lettering are set into the sidewalk. All along Broadway, you can see a record of each parade in history.
As humans, we have the need to commemorate. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, even ticker tape parades.
One of my coworkers just celebrated his 50th birthday. I asked him how he felt, since he wore a look of disbelief.
'I feel like I'm 22,' he said sadly. This made me wonder what was worse - feeling your age, or not feeling your age?
Memorial Day is this weekend. Every year, I'm immersed in work, and the holiday sneaks up on me. I usually stay in the city, which empties out.
I would find myself alone with the tourists, which isn't such a bad thing. I walk around and enjoy the city, which is remarkably less crowded. But the feeling is like being at a party when the cake arrives in the next room, and you find that you're suddenly alone.
This year, I'm happy to say, the holiday is not going to sneak up on me. No, I won't be a victim of the calendar.
Mark and I may attend a barbecue or throw a barbecue of our own. Or we might drive out to Long Island to see his mom, or we'll cook a few things, or walk around and enjoy the city that we're blessed to live in. Or we might do nothing at all.
It doesn't matter what we'll be doing. I'm just glad to look forward to the three-day weekend for once.
For more on the Canyon of Heroes, click here
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