We woke up and the sun was shining today!! After a week of almost constant rain, it was a great relief to see blue sky. (And I know our rain pales in comparison with what much of the Midwest has been dealing with this Spring, but nonetheless…) We had originally planned to take part in Lenore Skenazy’s “Take Your Kids to the Park and Leave Them There” day, but Maya was invited to an early screening of Kung Fu Panda 2 with her friend Greta, and Ben’s friends all have early baseball, so instead Ben and I headed to Central Park. His initial intent was to climb around on the rocks, but so many people were out sunning themselves and blocking the good climbing paths that we had to adjust the plan.
Luckily we happened to run into another homeschooling family we know. Their son Eddie is Ben’s age, and the two of them promptly took off into the Heckscher Playground while I sat and chatted with mom Emma. This is one of the things that constantly amazes me in New York. 8 million people live here, not to mention all the tourists and other visitors. Emma and her family do not live in our neighborhood, and yet we walk over to Central Park and there they are. I can spend weeks in my hometown in Indiana, population around 45,000 and NEVER run in to anyone I know. Is this because in Indiana everyone spends most of the day in their car or house? Maybe.
But I digress.
I’m looking at the clock as I write this and it is now 6pm. As far as I can tell, the apocalypse has not begun anywhere around the world, and in New Zealand (where it was supposed to start), it’s already tomorrow. Ben and I had a big conversation about this on the way to the park today. He was asking why people thought the world would end, and we had a short talk about the book of Revelation and why some people think it is a prophecy, while others agree the various letters sound so fantastical because they were written in code so as to avoid persecution. (Ben thought the code idea was very cool – way better than a prophecy about the end of the world.) So I guess Harold Camping was useful in that he gave us an interesting and different topic of conversation today. And we didn’t send him any money for it, either.
The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and we are all healthy. It’s been a good day. I expect tomorrow will be even better.