Do you remember your youth? The time where you stayed up all night with your friends at a slumber party? You know that weird haze that comes over you and you almost feel like you're sleep walking, but you don't dare close your eyes. You laugh. Tell jokes. Maybe get in an argument or two. Then you play truth or dare and realize you're the only one that hasn't kissed a boy yet? Well, that's how I felt in Manhattan last night...minus the truth or dare part.
Jackson (age 11) and I went down to 34th street around 1 am last night to see elephants march down the street. The elephants were from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and they were on route to Madison Square Garden. They're unloaded off train cars in Queens and then walk through the midtown tunnel and continue across 34th Street.
It's actually quite a sight. People line up hours ahead of time just to get a spot to watch. Some of these people are quite territorial, too. I won't go into the ugly details, but I got in a bit of a scuffle. A grumpy, old man said Jackson couldn't stand next to him because he had been waiting at that spot longer than we had. If you want to see a kind, quiet Southern woman like myself morph into Teresa from the Housewives of New Jersey, just tell my son he can't stand next to you to watch the circus elephants. If there had been a table there, I would have flipped it over, too.
Did I also mention that it was raining? I don't think rain brings out the best in people.
Jackson and I actually had a blast. It was unbelievable to see traffic stopped so ELEPHANTS could walk down the street. We'll definitely come back next year to see it again.
Here's a short video so you can see what it was like.