Thursday, July 17, 2008

Joyce Kilmer Park and Goodbye NY!

After our viewing of the strange "Thoth" man we headed toward what we hoped was the exit of Central Park. I couldn't help getting a few last picture of the pretty architecture around me!I gave the camera back to Joel as we got close to an exit and he got a few great pictures of the NY skyline!
Here's the view from about where we parked. The big, gold, shiny Trump Tower hotel was just behind us but I didn't get a picture of it!
Our goal was to head to The Bronx next to see the Joyce Kilmer park and as we went along the buildings got more and more Gothic!
Here is our first glimpse of Joyce Kilmer Park! For those of you who don't know, my maiden name is Kilmer and I've been told we are somehow related to Joyce Kilmer. He was a hero of mine growing up and I was inspired by his poetry and modled some of my own after it when I was a teen. We actually passed it by once before Joel realized that little park was the one. I was fairly sure it was but apparently Joel didn't hear me mention in the traffic next to the NY Yankees stadium when a game was about to start. So after getting all turned around and shooting off in the wrong direction we had to stop at a gas station because Abby had desperately needed to use the bathroom since leaving Central Park and just couldn't hold it a minute longer!

After I got her cleaned up (if you recall she had some issues regarding her bowels which she was still suffering from at this point) which involved actually dunking her little bottom into a sink full of warm water, and then we were back on the road!
Sadly, we couldn't find a place to park anywhere due to the Yankees game but Joel patiently circled the park a couple times so I could at least get some pictures!

Now would be a good time to share with you the poem he wrote entitled "Trees" which has led to his fame!


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

That is a really nice poem I think! It's happy and light and has a clever ending that always makes Joel chuckle! I've read a lot of Joyce Kilmer's poetry and its all refreshing, kind of a 'tip your hat at life, grin, and wink' feel to it. I think perhaps he was an optimist. Anyway, He died during WWI in a fox hole which lead (so legend has it) to one of his fellow officers to jumping out and killing 8 Germans with his bare hands because of the outrage he felt at the world losing such a man. So I thought that a good American poet who gave his life for his country deserved a plaque of some sort explaining who he was in his own park. Maybe there was one that I simply couldn't see from the road but here's one that everyone could see quite clearly!
Notice the bright red sign telling dog owners to clean up after their dogs? I understand the necessity of such a sign but for Pete's sake, at least put it somewhere else not right under the sign for the park! Show some class people! So I took another picture and cropped it so it would look how it should look!I managed to find a sign that didn't caution dog owners but no plaque!The park did seem very nice though it was a little small and people seemed to be enjoying it!It's a nice, bright, green spot to relax in the middle of a busy, dirty city where people could come and look at all the splendid trees. Here are the buildings on either side of the park. They were very ornate! Then it was time to try and find our way out of the city! I found more interesting muralish/stone work thing to take pictures of!Here we are under the elevated train! It was rather scary driving under there and having to turn off the road between the giant supports of the bridge! We got cut off a couple times too!The Bronx got scarier and scarier as we went along and at this point we made sure the doors were locked up tight!

After doing a three point Uie in the middle of traffic and thinking we took two wrong turns we somehow navigated out of the city and onto the George Washington bridge.As the sun set we left NY and had to make a pit stop in New Jersey where Abby added to the smell by needing another fresh change of clothes. Fortunately we were the only ones in the rest stop because Abby had done a really, really fowl smelling job and I had to use the sink to clean off her pants because I was not taking that odor back into the van! Finally Abby dozed off and we were all relieved since she had decided to cry for most of the time since we left Joyce Kilmer Park!Katie nodded off soon after and we had a quiet trip the rest of the way home!So that was our trip to NY city! I have edited some of our happenings while there because there is simply not enough time to write it and I didn't want to bore you with too many details! Joel and I might go again someday without the girls and see some more things at our leisure. I thought Christmas time would be fun to which Joel responded, "That would not be fun!"! I'm thinking snow in Central Park and he's thinking icy NY traffic, frantic Christmas shoppers, and perhaps hypothermia! :)

Next I'll blog about the 4th of July or perhaps Katie's birthday party! I'm sure you're all holding your breathe in anticipation! :)

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