Remember when I blogged about Cowboy going to Los Angeles? Well this week I’m gonna do ya one better…Cowboy goes to New York! Yep my Cowboy in New York with all of those New Yorkers…and the smog…and the crowds. I can’t wait to share this with you!
When our Boy Wonder was in high school he was one heck of an athlete! I’m pretty sure he got his athletic abilities from me…not Cowboy. He received scholarship offers from several different colleges to pole vault for their team. He proudly chose KU in Lawrence, Kansas. Broke this mama’s heart but what do ya do? You pull up your cheetah print leggings and deal with it! Rock Chalk Jayhawk! I never get tired of saying that! In case you were wondering, I was his biggest cheerleader and fan right next to Red, Cowboy and Sweet Girl. I even offered to be the “team mom” but Boy Wonder nixed that idea. Not sure why.
Being a college athlete meant you had to practice hard, study hard and bring home the points for the team by way of competing. Competing meant traveling out of state, which also meant this mama had to have her cheetah print pom poms along with her suitcases packed and ready. Boy Wonder traveled from state to state to compete as a proud Jayhawk. I was so excited when he called to say he would be in New York! It happens to be my birth place and one of my favorite places to visit!
So off to New York we go! Cowboy, Sweet Girl and myself.
Let me just start off by saying that I may have over packed for our trip… just a smidge. And Cowboy may have gotten a little irritated at me on account of my 3 suitcases.
COWBOY: Why do you have so many suitcases? We’ll only be gone 3 days.
ME: Because one is for my shoes and the other one is for my clothes.
COWBOY: Ok, what’s the third one for?
ME: The purchases I’ll make when we’re there. (That’s a dumb question)
So as I was saying, we’re heading for New York. Seeing as how Sweet Girl and I have traveled to New York many, many times, I felt it was my responsibility to educate Cowboy on the big apple and what he should expect. I told him about Times Square and how it never sleeps. And about all of my favorite restaurants from Café Napoli in Little Italy to Juniors Cheesecake right in the middle of Manhattan. I mentioned the interesting people from all walks of life…from the musicians in Times Square to the dancers on broadway! I absolutely love New York! After a 3 hour flight, we finally land at JFK, flag down a taxi and head to the hotel. We just happen to be staying at the same hotel on Times Square as the team is. I’m so excited!! I can’t wait to see my boy!
COWBOY: When you see Boy Wonder, don’t embarrass him by hugging him like you always do.
ME: I don’t embarrass him! And besides he likes it and expects it from me because I’m the mom. You just worry about yourself cowboy.
As we’re coming out of the elevator I spot him…my Boy Wonder! Who is with his teammates. I remained calm just like Cowboy told me to do. Ok not really, I ran over to him and hugged him as tight as I could. I was so happy to see him! Hugging my boy child does my heart good. After chatting a bit, Boy Wonder gave us a schedule of the competition along with a subway route.
The next morning-
COWBOY: Let’s grab some breakfast before we head out. Boy Wonder competes later this afternoon. You and Sweet Girl can do some shopping and I’ll take the subway to the track meet.
ME: You should probably grab a cab. I don’t know if you can figure the subway out since this is your first time here.
COWBOY: I’m sure I can handle it.
ME: Ok, call me if you get lost.
30 minutes until the competition starts-
ME: (Talking to Sweet Girl) I hope your dad isn’t lost in New York somewhere. Can you imagine him in a subway terminal? I tried to get him to take a cab so he wouldn’t get lost. Lord help those people!
COWBOY: Where are you and Sweet Girl at? Boy Wonder is warming up.
ME: We’re hopping on the subway as we speak. Did you get lost?
COWBOY: I’ve been here for two hours.
ME: How much was the cab ride?
COWBOY: I didn’t take a cab. I took the subway.
ME: No way! You took the subway? How many times did you ask for help?
COWBOY: Funny. It’s not hard. I just followed the route on the map and took the A train to the C train uptown, walked 2 blocks and the building is on the left.
ME: (Whispering to Sweet Girl) Are we on the A train?
SWEET GIRL: No. we’re on the D train crossing the Hudson River.
ME: Cowboy, I have to hang up now.
Shoot! This is the wrong train!
ME: (Talking to Sweet Girl) We need to get off at the next stop and take a cab to the track meet! You can NOT tell dad we got lost. I’ll never live it down!
SWEET GIRL: Ok mom, don’t worry. I’ve got your back!
COWBOY: What took y’all so long? Boy Wonder is about to jump.
SWEET GIRL: We took the wrong train and ended up near the Hudson.
ME: (staring at Sweet Girl with my mouth open) Oh thanks for “having my back”!
SWEET GIRL: Sorry mom but you know I can’t lie…especially to dad. He sees right thru me.
COWBOY: (chuckling and looking at me) You should have called me. I could have given you subway directions!
ME: Ugh! Jerk face!
‘Til next Sunday y’all- Tammy