[September 28th, 2015]
Thing #1, Thing #2, and Thing #3... no, this isn't the latest adaptation of a Dr. Seuss story. :)
Instead, as the weekend came to a close and as we cleaned up the remnants of Saturday's party, we recognized that a few small things still linger in this place unsold, or perhaps never up for grabs in the first place. Three things, to be exact, which we have decided to take with us throughout the city as we hop from place to place—neighborhood to neighborhood—apartment to apartment.
We imagine that we all have certain objects—big and small— that make us feel comforted. The moment we see them, we have a "I'm home!" reaction; the feeling of being inside a safe space where we can relax and feel as though we have finally landed to rest awhile after a long day out in the world.
What are those things for you? I think of my parents and my friends listing things like family photos, a poster or painting, or maybe even a certain seashell picked up on the beach...
For us, we've packed away the photo albums—and we're left with just these few things that make us happy; things that will make every home feel like ours for the period that we're in it.
So enter Thing #1: Postcard prints of Robert De Niro, Sr.'s paintings.
The best weekend Aviv and I ever spent in this city was a stay-cation weekend at the Greenwich Hotel. For two days, we were NYC tourists (after living here for 7 years!) staying in this TriBeCa safe haven—and man, was NYC life romantic...
These little post cards were in our room: replicas of Robert De Niro's father's work, some of which adorn the walls of his hotel and restaurant attached. The postcards were meant to be little pieces to remember the place by, and sure enough, the minute we got home I hung them up. Something about the colors and the women in these pictures sparked a connection immediately—and I couldn't bear to throw them away or let them go. They are a day-dream I always want to come home to.
You might be thinking: "but wait...didn't you just sell all of your belongings to feel lighter? To go on a minimalist adventure?" Well, yes that's true—but there is always a but! :)
After thinking it through, these things 1, 2, and 3 aren't THE MOST important items that we're keeping—but they are ones that spark happiness; and carry a piece of our NYC that we want to include on this journey... so good thing they are light too!
Curious about Thing #2? We'll check-in tomorrow. ;)
Have a great Monday, world!