My Boy In The City

My mama attention is frequently divided.  Conversations are often dominated by the plethora of questions from my very inquisitive four-year-old girl.  On Thursday, I had ears only for my littlest, and he is quite the budding conversationalist.  “Look mama – a big TV – isn’t that silly”?!  I most certainly agree that a humongous flat-screen mounted on a building is indeed silly.

Through my little boy’s eyes my perspective is broadened.  Making me aware of things that I would never have noticed – shapes in buildings, a stranger’s laugh, a soccer ball suspended in mid-air.  In the middle of massive sensory overload – he brings my attention to a pattern of clouds in the sky.  Little adventures through various neighborhoods are so exciting for him- as they are for me, still. 

So many of the steps we took on our little trek called upon memories built in this incredible city.   We walked past our first Manhattan apartment, the hospital where I birthed Lucia, and the office of the most gratifying job that I ever had.  Our plans took us past the institution where I earned my masters degree at night, while working full-time by day.  As I walked, my mind reeled back to Bob, and thoughts of the family we formed together – well before reciting vows and having babies.

On our day together, I soaked up my tiny narrator’s joy.  A joy that shone so brightly while riding the subway, watching street performers, collecting sticks in Central Park and riding the carousel with his uncle.

I feel asleep that night with my ears echoing that sweet little voice repeating “look mama!”, and a full heart reflecting two-year old excitement over simple pleasures.

What a lovely day it was.



  1. This made my heart smile!! It's amazing what we learn when we just stop and really listen. I need to do this more with not only my almost 3 year old but my 7 year old too.

    God Bless!!!


  2. There's so much about raising kids that's exhausting. These kind of rejuvinating experiences make it all worth while.

  3. So sweet! Sometimes my 5 year old talks so much it can make me a little crazy but when I actually take the time to have a conversation with him it's so special.

    Hey, I just nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. I know it's kinda got a chain-mail feel to it but I'm passing it on as encouragment. Come on over and check it out 🙂

  4. Awww. He is simply adorable! Your writing is beautiful too! Leaves me wanting to read more, cause I feel like I'm there.

  5. How wonderful to see the world through a 2 year old's eyes. I need to slow down and pay more attention, too 🙂

  6. Hello Monica! First off, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment. I'm so happy to *meet* you and your blog 🙂
    This is such a beautifully written post! I really enjoyed reading it. It's amazing the things you can realize or see through the eyes of your child. And when you wrote about recalling the memories and adventures you went through prior to marriage and children, it just reminded me of all the wonderful blessings in my life that led me to the family I have now<3
    Thank you for sharing this!
    P.S. You're absolutely gorgeous and you have a beautiful family 🙂

  7. What a sweet post. I love how our little ones can bring a new perspective to the mundane and make us see things with a whole different set of eyes.

  8. this is so sweet! I love experiencing our world through our children's eyes. and how great to get to do it in NYC!

  9. Love the blog and your header…too cute!
    Anissa from Chasing Hailey

  10. Such a beautiful post. There is nothing quite like seeing the world through the eyes of a child.

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