We headed to NY last week, for a long awaited visit with our daughter Kristen, Doug and most importantly, our baby grand, Penny. We have been hoping for a couple of years now to go to Sharon Springs NY for the Harvest Festival there. It's the home of Josh and Brent, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, and Kris and I are both fans. We've met them on other occasions, Kris on the street in NY and me at book signings in Chicago and Wisconsin.
Though Penny waited for a tiny bus to take her to the Beekman Farm, one never came. We were not quick enough to get reservations to actually tour the farm. Penny didn't care. She loved the rocks, tasted the rocks, climbed the stairs, said hi to anyone and everyone.
After I purchased a few things at the amazing Beekman 1802 store, including their new book, The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook, we walked around to the back of the store to have the book signed by the guys.
I had the time of my life in line, as Penny wanted to look at EVERYTHING, and wanted Grandma to come along. (when she wasn't leading Mommy everywhere.) She loved the rocks, as I mentioned before, the people, the babies, people's shoes, dogs, cars... The coolest part was she said Grandma at least a hundred times! Looking at me... Grandma, running away from me...Grandma, Grandma, Grandma....My favorite, the breathless, g r a n d m a, said with all the love in her heart. Oh my goodness, she has me, heart and soul.
By the time it was our turn, Grandma was wore out, Penny was just getting started.
The guys are truly the sweetest and kindest. As Josh signed my book my mind went blank. I wanted to congratulate them, say something interesting, witty...remind them of our previous meetings... Nothing...whatever I said I can't remember. Then Kris, who had a nice conversation with the guys, handed Penny to Josh to hold for a photo... I so wish I had a photo of it, it was very sweet. Then Penny looked over to me and held out her arms and said, Grandma! I took her from Josh and both Kris and my dearest started taking photos.
Sorry Josh and Brent, this weekend was all about her!
More minutiae about our whirlwind weekend coming soon. I am so grateful to be safely home, I not a good traveler...but now my heart aches missing those beautiful girls o mine.
Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments. Enjoy this beautiful day!
Love, Penny (aka g r a n d m a)
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