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New York

December 11, 2007

My family took a trip in to NYC this past Sunday to do all those NYC Christmas things. We looked at the department store windows on 5th Avenue, we saw Rockefeller Center, had a nice lunch out…all those good things. We also walked for about five miles without breaks in the damp cold. My mother does not like to take motorized transport in a city unless one of her legs is actually falling off and she can’t find anything to fashion a walking stick out of. Me? My feet felt like I was walking on broken glass, my legs are still sore, and I think I’ve caught a cold. But it was still a great day! Lots of fun.

 One of the tings we did was go to Bryant Park by the Public Library. There was a skating rink and a whole bunch of little shopping kiosks with things from around the world, especially wintery countries. Russian nesting dolls, Norwegian mittens, and a whole lot of stuff from Canada. In fact, I think the skating rink itself was sponsored by Canada. I have to admit that I felt a not insignificant amount of pride when we were looking at scarves and hats and my mother said “It’s cute, but I bet you can already make this stuff, right?”

On the subject of hats, they were probably the things I looked at most. People were walking all around the city with the cutest hats on and I kept looking at them and dissecting them, thinking that maybe I could make my very own version. By the same token, I also saw more fun-fur scarves than was strictly necessary, but the overall outerwear impression was good.

At the end of the day, we were walking back down 7th avenue toward Penn Station to catch the Path home. Around Times Square I was still doing my people/hat watching thing to keep from focusing on the excruciating pain in my feet and legs. Among the hats I saw something I recognized. An Odessa hat! A girl maybe a little younger than me was wearing a very nice looking purple Odessa with matching beads, and when we walked past her I also saw that she was sporting a Gryffindor Scarf.

I didn’t and couldn’t say anything at the time, but to the girl with the purple Odessa in Times Square in the early evening of 12/9, you’re hat was beautiful. The beads you picked were perfect for the yarn color and I’m super jealous that you got it to fit so well. And the colors on your Harry Potter scarf were spot on. Merry Christmas.

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