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August 12, 2010

Where Are All The People?

After far too long, Who’s Your Daddy is back for your reading pleasure (or as close as I can get). The Family has just returned from a journey to the left coast to celebrate the Little Man’s Great Grandma’s 100th birthday among other family visits, events and other shenanigans. In our travels, between field trips to show the Little Man a real burrito (sorry NY) and to In-N-Out, I tried to squeeze in a bit of work here and there, accompanied by my partner in crime.

On a deliciously cool and foggy morning in San Francisco, as we walked to our breakfast meeting (no joke, he had my back for this meeting), the Little Man had his best thinking man face on as he turned to me and asked, “Dad, where are all the people?” It took me a minute to catch on (it ususually does) and then I realized, this kid is a New Yorker now. He’s used to elbowing out touristos and hipsters for a seat on the subway at all hours, so the sight of a sidewalk with room to breathe was a curious sight indeed. After I explained the relative plethora of space in San Francisco (and almost any US city other than NY) he went back to pondering short stack or full stack.

With the fog a distant memory, we’re back in the Manhattan’s sticky delight. Heading off to a breakfast of bagels and OJ, the Little Man looked up at me with that smile that will melt a few hearts in years to come and stated, “Dad, I’m glad to see all the people again.” Buddy, I think they’re glad to see you too.

February 24, 2010

Explore Your World

In a moment inspired by reliving aspects of my childhood exploring nooks and crannies of San Francisco with my parents, the Little Man and I set out this past Sunday to explore New York’s Chinatown. I have great memories of the amazing sights and sounds of San Francisco neighborhoods and the Little Man is a huge fan of the books by Miroslav Sasek, including both “This Is San Francisco” and “This Is New York” given he has been lucky enough to have lived in both cities. He wasn’t quite as sure as I was about this adventure, but a hot chocolate and ice skating at the end of the rainbow inspired him right out the door.

As we approached Chinatown, we started to realize that without knowing, we happened to pick the day of the Chinese New Year Parade and the streets were packed. We literally walked up to the parade route five minutes before the parade came down the street. Incredible.

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While the Little Man was a bit overwhelmed, we enjoyed the parade and then headed off so I could repay his indulgence with that hot chocolate and ice skating. We had a great day that started out with no plans.

The whole point is this – explore your world, be it your neighborhood, borough or city. Don’t just keep walking by that store or restaurant you’ve always wondered about – go in and check it out. Go to a neighborhood that isn’t your own. We’re lucky to live in a city like New York where every block is a new adventure but every city has someplace to explore. My advice is to let the age of your little one dictate the distance and duration of your trip – but get out there and you never know what you might stumble across!