Travel Snap Tuesday: Boxing Day in Central Park

Cabs on Central Park West

It was Boxing Day, 2007.  It was absolutely freezing outside, but not quite cold enough to snow (something that I still have to stop myself from complaining about), and I was coming down with some kind of holiday-exhaustion-meets-plane-germs lurgy. Not one to rest while on holiday (I wouldn’t want to miss out on anything!), I was adamant that we were spending the day in Central Park. It was on the schedule, after all. I had spent at least six months agonising over every little detail, planning our trip with military precision – we were sticking to that bloody schedule.

We grabbed a map from the Visitor’s Centre (the Dairy), and made our way around the park. I will never forget how cold I was that day. Chilled-to-the-bone cold. I bought a hot coffee from a cart selling snacks and beverages by Wollman Rink, but it barely warmed my insides. I couldn’t understand how it could possibly be so cold, yet not snow. I was freezing – and there was only one thing that kept me going. Squirrels.

Squirrel-spotting

Much to Mr Posy’s dismay, I was more interested in chasing squirrels than I was in the beautiful park that surrounded us. I squealed with glee when one particularly bold squirrel came right up to my shoe, but with nothing to feed him, he quickly ran off.

We hiked around the park, taking in the sights, stopping occasionally to snap a photo when I would spot a squirrel. After a few hours of this (and a lunch break), I began to grow tired. I was sick, I was freezing, and my clothes were damp thanks to the mist and a light sprinkle of rain. I wanted to go back to the hotel room. I wanted a hot shower. I wanted to crawl into bed and sleep.

Mr Posy had other ideas. He wanted to find Strawberry Fields.

We were somewhere in the middle of Central Park, and I had no idea which way was up. I couldn’t work out where we were, or how to get to where Mr Posy wanted to be. I was tired and cold and starting to whinge. But still, Mr Posy was on a mission.

Occasionally I would spot a squirrel, and I’d perk up a little. For a few minutes. My feet were starting to hurt, and I was getting more tired by the minute. I didn’t think we were ever going to find where we needed to be. Or our way out of the park. Eventually we hit Fifth Avenue. Awesome. We were blocks and blocks away from Strawberry Fields. I begged to go back to the hotel. We could come back tomorrow. I just want to sleep. We have the ballet tonight. I don’t feel very well.

Mr Posy would not give in. I began to grow suspicious. And a wee bit nervous.

It took us two hours, but we found Strawberry Fields.

Stalling, I pointed out a vendor selling gloves. “Look! You’ve been saying all day you wanted gloves! These are like mine!” Mr Posy exchanged a few greenbacks for the gloves. He lingered around the Imagine tribute, taking a couple of snaps (I refused – people might think I was a tourist…), until the crowd thinned out a little.

“Miss Posy? Can you take a shot of us both by the tribute?”

I was a gun at taking self-portrait shots and he knew it. I knelt down beside him; my stomach had butterflies. He was on one knee. Was this it?

Imagine – Strawberry Fields

It was here that Mr Posy whispered into my ear, asking me if I could “imagine” spending the rest of my life with him. It was here that I giggled nervously, not really believing that he was asking, asking me, despite knowing that a ring had been in his luggage for over a week. It didn’t feel real.

It was here that I said “Yes”. I no longer felt cold.

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16 Comments
  • Chantelle {fat mum slim}
    April 12, 2011

    Oh! Way to make a girl teary in the morning! What a beautiful story.

    Go Mr Posy! What a romantic. x

  • Little Miss Moi
    April 12, 2011

    Awwww how romantique! I can’t believe you knew there was a ring in the luggage though – you’re funny!

  • Donna
    April 12, 2011

    So sweet! When you tweeted that it was a special story I wondered if it was your proposal 😀

    PS. I LOVED the squirrels in Central Park too!

  • miss posy
    April 12, 2011

    Telle – He is a bit of a romantic sap 🙂

    LMM – Of course I knew! He’d bought the ring in Sydney, and had carried that little blue bag everywhere. It was hard not to know 😉

    Donna – I wanted to take a squirrel home. Mr Posy said no. Hmph.

  • FeistyKel
    April 12, 2011

    omg. Now I am teary and have goosies. Best story EVER. I love it!!!!!! <3

  • Annik
    April 12, 2011

    Nawwwwwwwwwww

  • Karen
    April 12, 2011

    What a gorgeous story! No doubt your wedding was equally as beautiful!

    It’s such a ‘boy’ thing to decide to propose in Strawberry Fields, then have no idea where it actually is, hehe.

  • miss posy
    April 12, 2011

    Kel – Thanks! It is definitely a favourite day of mine…

    Annik – I know.. It’s a little mushy. I was nearly going to add in a fart-joke or something, but it was late and I wasn’t feeling very comical.

    Karen – Thank you! Heh, we still haven’t tied the knot. We’ll get there… Eventually 😉

  • Kiki Chaos
    April 13, 2011

    Oh, wow. That’s such a beautiful proposal story 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    When I lived in the states, at first I was obsessed with squirrels too. I’d squeal in delight every time I saw one, and whoever I was with would look at me like I was mad. Apparently they consider them kind of like vermin… lol, no wonder they were disgusted!

  • miss posy
    April 13, 2011

    Kiki – I think it’s Carrie Bradshaw that refers to them as “rats in cuter outfits”? I loved them anyway. So cute. Couldn’t you imagine having one as a pet?!

  • Jess
    April 14, 2011

    Your Central Park experience sounds a lot like mine it was SOOOO cold but I was excited about all the ice on the water (and the squirrels of course haha).

    We got engaged in New York too but back in our hotel room because it was straight after watching the Little Mermaid on Broadway 🙂 Yay for New York engagements!

  • miss posy
    April 15, 2011

    Jess – Awww, you also had a NYC engagement! My friend was recently over there and her partner also proposed. It’s such a magical city 😀

  • Kristen
    April 21, 2011

    I has tears… Sniff.

    That was beautiful 🙂 xox

  • miss posy
    April 25, 2011

    Thanks, Kris!

  • Dani
    April 25, 2011

    I love love loved this x

  • miss posy
    April 27, 2011

    Thanks, Dan x

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