On a cloudy Thursday morning I had the rare opportunity to be alone with my 3 year old for more than 2 hours. My 4 yr old was out on a field trip till later that afternoon, and with the 12 year old in school and hubby at work, it was just him and I.
What to do? What to do?
Farmer’s Market of course! What else on a lazy, hazy morning with only 1 kid in tow? We headed over to the farmer’s market by Columbia University which is open every Thursday and Sunday. It’s a small market. I like them best for jams and baked goods…and maybe even some flowers. But the biggest reason for our train ride down to 116th St on a day like this is the campus itself.
I don’t have much of a connection with the University, other than my brother went to law school there…and I worked for their medical center for many years. Mostly, it’s just an awesome campus to walk through. On days like these it can be peaceful, and it’s always welcoming. I have never had anyone say anything to my kids as they run around and the students and professors always smile and are really friendly.
As we walked through I saw they were setting up for graduation ceremonies. Families taking pictures of their graduating student full of pride. I remembered that feeling of graduating from college myself…albeit a city college, but nonetheless an awesome moment in my life. And I looked at my little boy as he tracked ants, and ran around bushes, and up and down stairs, wondering to myself what the future held for my baby.
Will we one day find ourselves standing on these very steps, my eyes teary with pride, taking pictures of my baby on graduation day?
Who knows. Maybe. Maybe not. I can’t say it is my deepest desire that they attend an ivy league college. I truly just want them to be happy and successful in whatever they do, however they choose to do it. But it was very emotional just to think of. I felt happy for the students and families who got to experience this amazing school, and this wonderful campus.
If you are ever visiting NYC, come to 116th St and stroll across the campus. It is rich in history , a peaceful place to rest your feet, and located in an awesome neighborhood with tons to do. And if you’re wondering where to find some awesome Greenmarkets in the city, check out GrowNYC.org for a complete listing with dates.