We arrived at my daughters to be greeted by the two grandson's who said that mom and granddaughter had left for the play early and that dad was flying in from Boston later in the evening. OK. There was some tension in the house and it wasn't until I moved into the kitchen to drop off my bags that I saw my sister (who lives in Colorado) and her husband taking phone photos of the surprise on my face!
The elementary school play "Dr. Dolittle" was fun and my granddaughter did very well in her minimal part.
The bottom line is that after the Friday play, we caught an early train on Saturday and spent an overnight "doing" New York City. I had not been there in years and it was a wonderful early birthday surprise. My son and his wife met us downtown after we checked in as they had to take the train up later that same day. This was a pre-birthday celebration for me as I enter my 7th decade.
The day was cold but sunny. So glad I brought my small camera not knowing how important it would be!
Then that evening a nice dinner at a restaurant called Patsy's where my DIL had taken some clients a few weeks before. It is an Italian restaurant that Frank Sinatra made famous years ago. Celebrities sometimes eat here, but I was having so much fun I never looked beyond my table. I took the pre-theater dinner choices.
Then we went on to Jacob's Theater on Broadway in Midtown to see "The Color Purple", which was marvelous. The acoustics in high end theaters are amazing. The play has gotten only great reviews and it was ending in a few weeks yet the performance was so energetic and moving, one would never know that. The photo is poor due to the limits of my brain and camera after a day of touring New York.
I usually do not like surprises, but I did like this one! We all headed back on Sunday morning and my sister and her husband came back with us to stay a few more days, which I consider a nice lagniappe.