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SpyGear, Flamingos, Freedom Tower And My Handsome Husband

Update:  Emma arrived safely at her new school via the school bus this morning!  The tracking device, surveillance cameras, James Bond style secret pen with microphone hidden in her backpack, spy cam disguised as trendy sunglasses and stress relieving songs of the humpback Whale downloaded (for me) worked wonders…  (Just kidding)

I encouraged Emma to rehearse with me this morning what she might say if the bus didn’t take her to the correct school again and Em, never one to pass up an opportunity to perform, said in a loud, clear voice, while dramatically gesticulating, “You’re going the wrong way!  You have to go this way!  I go to new school..  I go to ______  (name of her new school)!”  Then she beamed at me as I applauded and cheered.

Yay Emma!

Emma in her favorite Flamingo costume last night on the roof

Playing with Daddy who donned Emma’s hat as though it were a feathered pith helmet.  Can we all just gasp in appreciation at Emma’s magenta tail feathers! 

The light was so beautiful last night – A glimpse of the Empire State Building

And to the South, Construction of Freedom Tower Continues..

And finally my handsome husband…  who was engaged in an animated conversation with our son, Nic (off camera) about his, just released and new favorite, video game – Borderlands2

Halloween in New York

(Something odd happened in almost every photograph taken – either Emma’s or my eyes look creepy.  I figured since I was dressed as a “Fallen Angel” I should post the one with my weird eyes.)

In New York City, a great many people, adults and children alike get dressed up for Halloween.  And not just those who walk in the epic Halloween Parade that begins in the village and winds its way north until it ends just a block from where we live.   (This is in explanation to those of you who might think we’re peculiar – though we probably are.)  We live in Chelsea where at least eight blocks of brownstones go all out for Halloween.  New Yorkers take their Halloween very seriously.  The brownstones don’t just have a couple of fabulous pumpkins on their stoops, the building’s facades are covered in cobwebs, enormous black hairy spiders hang from windows and doors, strobe lights blink, Halloween themed music blares from speakers rigged outside (Michael Jackson’s Thriller is a big hit), a coffin with a corpse that suddenly comes alive decorates a front garden, dismembered limbs hang from trees, a couple of the brownstones even used dry ice to create a fog that meandered down the block. People travel from all five boroughs to trick or treat on these eight blocks, they have become so renowned.

We usually try to get an early start as the streets become so crowded it’s almost impossible to squeeze through the crowds by 8:00PM. What with Richard’s broad shoulders from his executioner’s costume and my tattered wings, we were like a double-wide, the Hummer of costumes, taking up most of the sidewalk, requiring us to walk single file.  I clocked half a dozen people inadvertently with my wings, though everyone was forgiving – one man even said in a reverential whisper – “I’ve been touched by an angel.”

Richard upstaged all of us though.  Every now and again I would turn to find him nowhere in sight.  Ten minutes later he would catch up, having been grabbed by someone who insisted on having their photo taken with him.

One of many Chelsea brownstones transformed for Halloween

Emma laughs with her scary dad

One of the dozens of shops open late for Halloween – This unicorn was one of my favorite costumes – look at the pose!

Luckily, Emma has never eaten the Halloween candy given to her, much to her brother Nic’s delight.  She did say at one point, while holding a lollipop, “Just taste it!”

“No, that’s okay, Em.  You don’t need to taste it.”  I smiled at her.

“Just lick it!”  She began unwrapping the lollipop.

“Oh that’s okay, Em.  You don’t have to lick it.”

“It’ll make you sick,” she said, putting it back in her halloween basket.

For more on Emma’s journey through a childhood of autism, go to:   www.Emma’sHopeBook.com

Saturday with Em

This past weekend Richard did a bit of research and came up with a packed afternoon of things to do with the children.  Richard is the one who reads Time Out NY for Kids.  He pores over the finer details of exhibits, performances, always considering whether it will be appropriate for our neuro-typical son, Nic, but also for Emma, who has autism.  He takes into account her special needs as he peruses the various activities.  Richard is the one who reserves tickets, maps out routes, plans the schedule as only a seasoned New Yorker and caring dad can and would do.  When we went to California for my brother, Andy’s wedding, Richard put together a jam packed children’s dream vacation for two days.  Emma still talks about it.

So off we went Saturday afternoon to the West Village where we saw Cobu – a group of performers who mix Taiko Drums with American Tap dancing.   During forty-five minutes of dance, drumming and swirling costumes, Emma only once put her index finger to her lips during a rare silent moment and made a loud “SHHHHHH!” sound.  We glared at her and she then whispered, “No talking.”

After the performance we headed over to the High Line and walked toward the Chelsea Gallery district.

Whenever we passed a place that could be even remotely appropriate for sitting, Emma did just that – even when it was in unlikely places.

Our first stop was the Mary Boone gallery because of it’s unusual displays, which we thought the children might enjoy.  Emma, however, raced through pointing on her way out to one of the mannequins and shouted, “Costume,” before exiting the gallery as though she had an urgent appointment she was already late for.

Two doors down was the Gagoshian Gallery with a not-to-be-missed Richard Serra installation.

At one point Emma said, “Richard’s show.”

“Richard Serra, Em, not daddy,” I said.  To which she turned and looked at me as though I were an idiot for having felt the need to make the distinction.

“Don’t touch, Em,” I reminded her, just as she turned the corner.

On the way home Emma put her arm around her brother, Nic and the two of them made silly faces at each other.

“Hey Mom!  That’s the most she’s ever interacted with me!” Nic observed as we headed into our building.

Yup.  Everything changes.

For more on Emma’s journey through a childhood of autism, go to:   www.EmmasHopeBook.com