12/19/13

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Morning in Central Park

The day after I read the picture book version of Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening to my kids, it happened to snow. And while taking a walk in the woods is nearly impossible in NYC, the boys and I came close as we ventured into the North Woods in Central Park. It gets pretty wild up there.

When we got to the top of a hill, per the boys request or my suggestion or my insistence, I recited what I could remember from Robert Frost's poem. I must have memorized it in high school or college because the first 6 lines came back to me. It was exhilarating. I felt brilliant. I repeated what I knew again. Loudly. Then looked up the rest on my iPhone.

We continued down to the park all the way to The Pool to check out the ducks. It was so satisfying to bring a book to life, yet still be within walking distance to a Dunkin Donuts. 3 hot chocolates with whip cream and 2 donuts later we were ready to do it again. But we had promises to keep. And miles to go before we had to pick Ella up from basketball practice. And miles to go before we had to pick Ella up from basketball practice. Or something like that.
When it came to the part in the poem about the only sound is downy flake, I asked the boys what they could hear.
Our woods had a soothing mixture of birds, the crunchy snow beneath our boots, and firetruck sirens. 

P.S.
I just got the updated amount raised for Mohammed's Sneaker Project
So far the total amount raised is $1500! Incredible. 
And in case you're curious, I didn't delete any comments from the post. 
There was no need. You guys are so kind. Thank you.

13 comments:

  1. I love New York during this time of year. Makes me want to go there now!

    Sarah

    aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh so lovely. If I ever go to NY, I'm going in the winter I think.

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  3. Miss you, the kids,& snow....
    ~C

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  4. Have you ever read Holidays on Ice or the Santaland Diaries? LOVED it! It gave me a new, fun perspective on Santaland. We went a few years ago and had a great experience, but that Santa is CREEPY!

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  5. Just wanted to comment to let you know how much I love reading your essays. I'm usually either laughing or crying… both in a good way! I discovered your blog while endlessly nursing my now 7-month-old… I also have a 3-year-old and life as a parent is truly insane and wonderful. Really fun for me to see you guys making it all work without taking life too seriously. You have a beautiful writing style- thanks for sharing!

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  6. This post made me so happy--my dadused to read that edition of Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening (with the Susan Jeffers illustrations) to my sister and I all the time when we were your kids' age. I'm 27 now and I still think of that poem any time that I'm quietly observing nature. I would even say I make more of an effort to go out and quietly observe than I would have without that book.
    Thanks for the reminder. :)

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