This morning I asked Jackson if he wanted to go to school or on an adventure with me. He said on an adventure with me, so we got on the train headed to Macy’s to meet Santa. It was rush hour (I was hoping to beat the crowd at Macy’s by arriving early) and the first two subways were way too crowded to take a 3-year-old on, so we waited. The third train was only moderately less crowded, but I decided to take our chances and we boarded. Fortunately, a seat opened up for Jackson after a couple stops and only one of us was stuck clutching the rail for dear life as the conductor stopped and lurched for the next thirty minutes. Surviving that (barely), we got off the train at 34th st. and headed into Macy’s in search of St. Nick. One hour, several tantrums, and one bathroom emergency later, Jackson met Santa, requested “three presents because I’m 3 years old,” and got his picture taken with him — a picture I opted not to spend another 45 minutes waiting in line to pay $30 for, so memory of the occasion will have to suffice in lieu of photographic evidence.
From Macy’s we made our way to Rockefeller Plaza, where Drew happens to work, and where we got to see him and the big Christmas tree. As you can see from the picture above, Jackson was appropriately impressed. In this case, a picture will forever serve as a reminder to him as he grows up how hard his mother tried and how hard he resisted. The good news is on the way home, on a much less crowded subway (thank God), and after several more tantrums and a narrowly-missed blood sugar plunge (his… but also kind of mine too), Jackson looked me in the eye, smiled so sweetly, and said: “I had a lot of fun, Mommy. … Seeing Daddy.”
And with that, I wish you all a happy Friday and a very happy weekend. One of my best friends, Chad, is flying in from Chicago this evening and spending the weekend with us. I think we’ll spend the day in Brooklyn tomorrow, maybe checking out a flea market and doing other shopping and what not, and then going to our friends Mary and Steve’s annual holiday party tomorrow night. And on Sunday, we’re going to go see Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Michael C. Hall, which I’m really excited about. Have a great weekend!