Sunday was a lovely day here in New York City --
Lincoln Center, Central Park and the sidewalks
were full of smiling faces.
Enjoying as ever, I found myself stricken with wanderlust.
So when my assistant and close friend Katie Lawson
came by for our weekly revue,
she agreed to join me on a sojourn
to one of my favorite locations
east of the city.
A lovely surprise was in store in Old Greenwich,
which is replete with a beautifully laked park
Located just across the street from a church founded in 1665.
Our surprise was a concert in the park performed by the
Old Greenwich Community Band.
It was a joy to behold, visually as well as aurally,
and we felt for a moment as if
we had been transported back
to the 14th year
of the last
As we arrived, the band was playing
"Colonel Bogey March,"
featured to perfection in the classic David Lean film
celebrating our boundless human spirit,
The Bridge On The River Kwai.
Throughout our time there in this peaceful park,
it seemed that wherever we looked,
there were smiles of contentment.
To take in the the vista of the townsfolk
out for a day of relaxation in this glorious weather
was lost on no one,
participant or observer.
Katie brightened even further
(if that is possible)
when the band began to play
a medley from Les Miz,
her favorite Broadway Show.
Lucky for us,
she just couldn't contain herself,
and having studied ballet since childhood,
we were all charmed by her impromptu dance,
induced, no doubt, by her unabashed joy in the moment.
"Who me?" smile
An unexpected day of delight
brought about through simple pleasures.
Just twenty nine miles from the city I love,
in the company of a special friend,
in a place so close, yet so far away,
Thanks to you and my Peter Pan gene,
we followed our bliss in true Joseph Campbell style.
I am grateful.
To the Band
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