To bring everyone up to date: TM's parents, Roscoe and Mickey...not their real names, came into town last weekend. I was pretty much a nervous wreck the week leading up to their visit and I didn't get much sleep the night before they arrived. But I cleaned well enough so that I felt no anxiety having them stay in my house.
Roscoe is a quiet, yet intense, man. He is very singular of purpose and slightly impatient. This has served him well as an entrepreneur, but it makes it difficult sometimes to interact with him on a personal level. When he wants to tell you something, that is what he will do...regardless of whether or not you already know the information or care to know. He also has very expressive, child-like eyes, so watching his face is really entertaining. He did a wonderful job of making me feel part of the conversation, however, even when the three of them were talking about people and places I had never seen.
Mickey is a sweet woman who has a inner strength it would behoove you not to discount. She reminds me of my S'mom in that she often said things that totally surprised you for their forthrightness and power. I totally dug that. She is also caring without being overbearing. On Sunday night, when I was so tired I was on the verge of tears and could not keep up with the group, she very subtly slowed down her pace so that she was walking beside me. That was nice.
Okay, so this is all that we did in two days:
- saw the Broadway show, Company.
- ate at Lombardi's Pizzeria...so good!
- walked through Little Italy, Chinatown and SoHo
- went to Rockefeller Center
- saw St. Patrick's Cathedral
- saw another church on Fifth Ave.
- walked through Central Park
- went to the Met
- shopped at DSW
- ate in Park Slope
- saw a show at Barbes
All in all, it was a good time and I'm glad I met them. I have received the "seal of approval" from them both, which feels good...though since my family doesn't work that way at all, the import of it is a bit lost on me. When I meet the whole clan in July, I will probably feel it then.
Another positive result of the visit is that I feel a lot closer to TM. I can't really explain it, but TM said that he felt it as well. He said that he felt it when he met one of my sets of parents last month, too. It's an intense feeling, but very cool.
Okay, now I begin another weekend: this Sunday, I'm hosting the bridal shower and have to do all the cooking. I need a vacation from my weekends!