Christmas in New York. I want to wish all of you and those you love a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
I love seeing all of the Christmas decorations in and around New York. It’s such a beautiful time to visit this amazing city. The New York Palace was aglow with trees strung with lights and ornaments hanging on every branch, which gave me the perfect opportunity to satisfy the shallow depth of field theme for this week.
I have struggled with what to post to represent the “Lost/Forgotten Items” theme until I visited one of my favorite places in Battery Park City in New York. Instead of admiring the New Jersey landscape across the Hudson River, or the Statute of Liberty in the far distance, on this day I turned around and admired the Irish Hunger Memorial designed by Brian Tolle which is dedicated to raising awareness of the Great Irish Famine, referred to by the Irish as “The Great Hunger.” Construction of the memorial is entirely of products and items brought over from Ireland, including the remains of a stone cottage. (More information can be found here.) Over a million people died in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. As I studied it, I saw the Freedom Tower looming upward a total of 1,776 feet which is being constructed on the site where on September 11, 2001, a total of 2,606 lives were lost in the World Trade Center and surrounding grounds. These two sites brought to mind that although a great number of lives have been lost, they are not forgotten.
On a recent flight, my heart bled for this mother of three. The little one, a boy, appeared to be nearing the age two (remember that age?) and was full of energy. All type entertainment ideas were presented to him during the beginning of the flight, i.e. snacks, juice, iPad games, but none seemed to work. My husband and I nicknamed him, “The Bouncer.” This poor mother seemed to be totally exhausted within 20 minutes of the flight but after we were in the air for about an hour, The Bouncer gave up the fight and fell asleep. This photo was taken with my iPhone and I softened it with a filter and vignette. You may be wondering where Daddy was during the flight…napping within arm’s reach across the aisle! 🙂 God Bless Mothers.