Grabbing Adam's hand, we gave each other a quick squeeze with raised eyebrows and an expression of, "Let's do this" before letting go and hoping for the best.
We had a game plan. He would guide the pack through the busy streets while the kids stayed like ducks in a row between us so I could anchor the back, keeping them together.
The very. first. person. we came across was a man who spoke little to no English. I began a quick conversation with him in Spanish to ask for brief instruction for parking while the kids lowered their jaws one by one. They'd never heard me communicate in Spanish. They'd never seen or heard a number of things and we immediately realized this was either going to be one of the coolest days of their lives...or a complete and total nightmare.
Adam sometimes goes into NYC for work, so he thought about how the day should go. Figuring it'd be best to start off with a slower pace by exploring Central Park, then the American Museum of Natural History (the kids love the movie, 'Night at the Museum') we'd finally venture to the Granddaddy of them all - the hustle and bustle of the streets of New York, including Times Square and all its glory.
I can honestly say looking back on the day, it was probably one of the most amazing of all times. They say there's an energy there, a feeling like no other - and it's true. The sights, sounds, smells of pizza on one side of you with perfume from an open store door on the other, it all floods your senses with a magic that only the city can do.
I'm glad we took the chance to go. To see the day through their eyes filled with wonder made everything complete and I can only hope one day to return.