When Billy Joel sang those words, I am well aware that he was referring to New York City, the concrete jungle of the United States. For me and my family; however, a New York State of Mind applies to Western New York, where the land flows with farms and fields, liberalism isn’t quite as strong, and being referred to as Southern Canadian comes with the territory (well, maybe I’m the only one who uses that reference, and more specifically to annoy my husband).
As many of you are aware, my husband is from western New York, specifically from the village of Fairport within the confines of Rochester. It’s located along the Erie Canal and boasts the status of Top 100 Best Places to live in America. There are row houses, old Victorians, and those that give you the feel of New England, although my husband doesn’t like being referred to as New England. There are festivals, parades, and a warm hometown feel. It’s quaint, simple, and laid back. Gosh, if it weren’t for the horrible winters and atrocious taxes, I’d consider living up here. Fairport is my husband’s native home, and our home away from home for me and the boys.
We love to visit up here, usually making it 2-3 times a year, more specifically during the warmer months. This time around, I decided to make it a two week visit for me and the boys, with my husband joining us for the final five days. How is that going? you ask. We have our good days and we have our bad days.
My boys are out of their element, so that can create some difficult times. I stick to their normal day to day schedule as much as possible, but going for over a week without daddy, and staying in not normal surroundings, has caused for some hair pulling issues. My hair, that is. Fortunately, I have an awesome support group in my in-laws. We’ve managed to find ways to keep the boys active, even on the rainy days, involving them in coloring binges, and games of Memory.
Davey’s learned how to bowl, we’ve had awesome Tom Wahl’s burgers, enjoyed ice cream sundaes, ridden bikes, visited Great Grandma, taken advantage of the cooler weather and lower humidity to play on the playground, and practiced our artwork on Gammy and Guh Guh’s driveway. We’ve had exciting days, but days that are still trying.
We have a week left and fortunately for all parties involved, Daddy joins us tomorrow. Our New York State of Mind is still going strong and today we’re going on an adventure to The Strong: National Museum of Play, a children’s museum known throughout the country as one of the best and greatest. Davey’s been twice, although I’m sure his memory may be waning, but Henry has never been.
So, for now I sign off with the encouragement for all of you to check out Fairport, NY.
As well as the The Strong.
And stay tuned for a recount of today’s adventures.