Cousin Rachael came into town Monday to stay with us for a bit and check out some graduate school programs in the city. Rachael has not been to New York since she was 12, so we are happy to show her around again. Henry and her instantly became buddies. It was a perfect autumn day to take our guest to Central Park and walk around for hours.
Today I took Henry to see Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at the Marionette Theatre in Central Park. The handcrafted marionette puppets played out a supposed dream by Hansel and Gretel after they return home from their adventure in the forest. Henry seemed to enjoy it, but also claimed “it was scary” and held on to my arm as we watched. After the play, Henry was happy to lead me on a long walk through Central Park. I hadn’t been to Belvedere Castle or The Ramble for a long time, so his enthusiasm was appreciated.
Today we attended a Halloween-themed party in our neighborhood organized by the real estate company that manages our building. There was a pumpkin patch with carving and decorating stations, apple cider, snacks and music. Henry also publicly debuted his Halloween costume. Though one woman asked if he was an angry koala (?), he’s actually a ferocious wolf.
On a side note, I’m proposing that henceforth, an “Angry Koala” will be 2 oz Bundaberg rum, 1 oz Kahlua, 1 oz Coca-Cola and 1 oz light cream served over crushed ice.
Henry spent the first day of fall playing with his toys in the apartment, watching football with his dad, visiting playgrounds, practicing walking, eating his mom’s pumpkin bread and watching television with friends.