I am in Omaha at the airport as I type sitting beside a gentleman who is retired from Conagra. He has more than 3 million miles flown on United Airlines alone. He has been to 5 continents and every state in the US except Alaska. When he asked me where I was headed and I told him, he could not stop talking about how expensive it is to live in New York. He said before he went to New York the first time, everyone told him how expensive it was to park his car. When he arrived and went to park his car he said he was surprised when the sign for parking said $2.50. That’s not too bad he thought…. until he read the fine print….. $2.50 for 15 minutes!! And that was many years ago. He went to the deli for a pastrami sandwich and it said $2.50, but when he looked closer it was $2.50 for ¼ of a pound!! Then, he spoke about the cost of housing in New York and how a tiny apartment costs more than living in a large house in other cities. So bottom line…… NYC is darn expensive. His perspective was one you might expect from a retired 80 year old man from Omaha, NE. The information he shared was no doubt factual, but perspective is everything.
You see, Annie is my beautiful 24 year old adventurer. She is full of life, passion, courage and promise. She will no doubt agree that NYC is really expensive, but from her life perspective, so worth it. She is following her heart into the next adventure and chapter of her one and only life. And as far as her mother’s perspective, you GO Annie Alice Schenzel!