Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Running into My Mother and Tiffany & Co.
No running on Monday, I will likely not run today - I've strictly been stretching & carb depleting: 4 days + hours before SHOWTIME! Weather Report to date per NOAA: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 30% *PERFECT! I got a lovely surprise yesterday, my Mother called me and it went like this, "Hi Dear, I'm in New York, I know you're busy but we should do lunch". I have a strange ass relationship with my Mother y'all - I had not seen her in quite a while and for her to call me and say, "Honey I'm in New York @ such and such hotel, we should do lunch".....WTF? My Mother's never read this blog site. When I refer to my Mother on this site, it's likely I am referring to my Step-Mother who I actually have a closer relationship with. I'm a product of one of these weird-ass California of the 70's upbringing / divorced parents deals. This call and suggested rendezvous wast just way too casual and nonchalant to be normal for a mother-son thing when she lives in both Mississippi & California and I live in NYC. Whatever, it is what it is y'all. I stopped everything and cleared my schedule to go see my Mother at the Time Warner Center & had lunch - Gayle King's there and my Mom being your classic tourist & Oprah fan is entirely distracted from me and needing to call her girlfriends to talk Gayle King describing her down head to toe. So I played second fiddle to the cruise she just got back from that ported in NYC (her reason to be here) and Gayle King. While my Mother is talking to her girlfriends on the phone like a total tourist....I'm just silently gazing at her thinking how I am half her, she brought me into this world, and how in the hell did we come to "this"? Such is life, I've made it this far with this disconnect - I'm too damn old to stress off it - I bid my Mother a loving farewell and safe flight home and stood in the Time Warner Center - analyzing what just happened and what that was all about - I stood there just gazing at that view downward on Columbus Circle and 59th St, that exact view above. I am going to be at the opposite end of that block running to that fountain on Marathon Day - I just stood and visioned how enriching and rewarding the experience will be. I wonder if a therapist would say I was projecting and wishing my mother would look forward to and view just spending time with me in a similar way - just a thought. Back to the marathon and view - I will make that turn right into Central Park - ascending to a never before realized plateau, a PR. I believe that. I left the Time Warner Center and walked straight down 59th street soaking up this incredible City to the complete opposite end - across town to 5th Ave. and looked back. That's what the view is like on the left - that's what you look at and see on the final leg of the NYC Marathon before re-entering Central Park to the finish. I imagined the whole moment - and so while I was on 5th Ave. still very much puzzled over that whole brief interaction with my Mother - I walked down two blocks to 57th Street & 5th to THE store. The store a man goes to who is out of his f'#@%'ing mind. That's right y'all. A man only goes to Tiffany's y'all if he's either out of his f'#@%'ing mind, or someone is f'#@%'ing his brains out. That's it and either way rational thinking is obviously impaired...and don't assume the latter, you see this therapy-meritorious relationship I have with my Mother. So there I was shopping - in Tiffany's - damn, marathoners from all over the world are already trickling in town, the dollar is very cheap for foreigners and I would guess 80% of the people yesterday in Tiffany's were foreigners & some indeed marathoners. I was wearing jeans & an urban cowboy boot - the other shoppers were in jeans and running shoes. In general speaking with the sales woman - once she learned I too was a marathon runner - she wanted to show me a unique Tiffany pendant - and pulled out that which you see above. Wow, look at that - Running has permeated Tiffany's....and I did some buying....and though appropriate for the moment - that's not what I bought. Have a fantastic day!
at 6:19 AM Posted by Smith