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3 Dreams Fulfilled

A story by Lisbeth Leonard



Many years ago in casual conversation with my eldest granddaughter, I mentioned that tho I had lived 40 years quite near to NYC, I had had 3 dreams I had never been able to consummate. Though I had been to NYC many times beginning in high school when I took a one day trip with the Girl Reserves beginning at 11:00pm Saturday and back home Sunday 11:30 – sleeping when we able on the train both ways. The trip included an elevated train ride from Liberty Station to Little Church Around the Corner 29th Street and 5th Ave. where we celebrated service. Then a walk to Empire State Building and a visit to observation tower. The many rides thru NYC via Riverside Drive and upper Broadway, Grant’s Tomb and Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Lunch at Susan Palmer’s Tea Room on W. 49th Street.  Magic Key broadcast at NBC at Rockefeller Center. Much window shopping – Special Treat at Schraff’s – more walking to 42nd and 7th Ave. where we took the ferry to Jersey City – Supper on train – long train ride home. Also made later trips to the museums, opera, Broadway shows and high tea at the World Trade Center at Windows On The World with my English cousin. So you can see I did everything except my dreams.  One Day fairly recently I had a phone call from Allison to be ready for the Trip.  First after the requisite trip by train from Darien to NYC.  Then a carriage ride thru Central Park to the clip clop of horses hooves. A beautiful luncheon with all the trimmings at Tavern On The Green (which no longer exists). Lastly we walked the Brooklyn Bridge all the way, resting at welcome benches along the way and under the watchful eye of Allison for her 85 year old Grandmother. Who says dreams never come true?

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