Guest Blogger Blog - Charles!

grafittiHello friends, While thinking about things to blog about, my initial thought was that because it was so close to Thanksgiving, I’d write about being grateful.  Something we are all familiar with, but may need to be reminded of around the busy holidays.  However, I changed my mind as I sit here at the Laguardia airport- my plane delayed. This Thanksgiving, my husband Eric and I decided to travel to New York City instead of going home.  The main factor in our decision was that we got tickets to Hamilton, and with the blessings of our families, skipped Thanksgiving and headed to the city.  Eric has not been to NYC in a very long time, so it was great seeing the city through his eyes.  It was also the first time in many years that I’ve done a lot of touristy things.  The Christmas store windows were beautiful (my favorite being Bergdorf Goodman’s), skating on Bryant Park was a blast, but reconnecting with the Met was definitely my highlight.   For those who have not been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the beautiful building holds densely populated exhibits of art from 3100 BC to this century.  They have furniture, paintings, sculpture, and two Egyptian tombs and one temple.  It truly is amazing to put your hand on something made thousands of years ago.  And, as you look at the surface of these grandiose structures, among the glyphs are more recent carvings, from the 1800s and early 1900s.   After the Egyptians built these structures, some visitors would carve their name (and sometimes the date of their visit) on the structures.  Romans, Victorians and Edwardians all left marks, defacing the walls.  When I was much younger, I thought it was awesome that these people were able to do this, then, as I grew older, I was shocked that someone would do something to destroy such a magnificent structure.   This time, however, I realized that the individuals probably weren’t trying to defiantly deface or devalue the tombs, but knew they were going to last a very long time, and wanted their name to be remembered, or at least last long after they were gone.   I don’t have a big piece of advice, or insight for you with this blog entry.  But, like the men and women who carved their names into something that would outlast them, and like the cast of Hamilton sings, remember this… who is going to tell your story? Maybe even more important is what stories are they going to tell about you? As you enjoy the holiday season we are in, enjoy each moment you have, make others’ lives better when you can, and have fun.  For those of you already tired of the cold, remember that warmth, and summer, are just around the corner.  

-Charles