January 1, 2014

Hopes and Dreams

Six months ago, I stood in the Times Square Museum and Visitor Center in New York City, and wrote a wish for my children on a small green piece of confetti paper.

It was pinned to the New Year's Eve Wishing Wall, with thousands of other dreams and goals, and will be added to the one tonne of confetti that will rain down on the crowd in Times Square at the stroke of midnight Dec 31, bringing in the New Year.

I wonder what will happen to my green confetti paper?  Will it flutter along with the wind, to be caught by a childs outstretched hand? I'd like to think so.

I've been waiting for this moment for six months, since visiting New York City and leaving a piece of my heart there.  When the New Years Eve Ball descends the flagpole on top of One Times Square, I will certainly cry.  I just know it.

It's so symbolic of new beginnings, of hope and forgiveness, and I'm so excited to be a part of it all.

I've downloaded the App to my phone so I won't miss it. I feel such a connection to the city, that I feel very emotional at times just thinking about my experiences there, and also in Chicago. 

I've been watching back to back seasons of Sex and the City, taking in every landmark and building that I never really appreciated before. I feel giddy when I see the Willis Tower in the background shots of Chicago Fire.

I think I will always feel like this.

So at midnight USA time, when the ball is dropped, and the confetti rains down, I'll feel a special connection to New York City, to Times Square, in all of it's grittiness and swagger.

I'll see you again sometime.



River said...

A Wishing Wall!! What a fabulous idea.
You'll get back there one day.

River said...

Oops-Happy New Year!

Mimsie said...

That is so beautiful and I hope the hopes and dreams of your family all come true.
My daughter and her hubby fell in love with Seattle (and Sitka, Alaska) when over there last year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family. xx

Princess Kate said...

That's just so lovely Michelle. What a beautiful memory you made.

fromsophiesview said...

How sweet!!
The next time we visit NYC we will do the very same thing. Now I have a reason to get back there!
I think I saw your piece of paper fluttering in the breeze at midnight....I know I did!

All the best in 2014!

Ron Jim and Sophie

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best for 2014 xo

Norlin said...

Happy New Year to you Michelle! Oh yes, NY will always have a place in my heart too. But stupid me did not see that Wishing Wall! Darn it!

Unknown said...

I never knew that all the confetti was people's wishes. How awesome is that?? May 2014 bring you all the happiness in the world Michelle! xox