The Waldorf Astoria in NYC is closing today……..well, closing for rebirth. In a couple of years, condos will be integrated into its structure….I am sure that address will cost a hefty sum for a condo owner.
A couple of decades ago, my husband and I paid our own hefty sum for a night’s rest at the Waldorf. Was my room astoundingly beautiful….no. Was my view of the city stunning……no. Not from my room at least. But we were at the Waldorf. My fondest memory happened in the lobby, not in my room.
I was chatting to my husband when suddenly a stranger flew, not ran by, bumping into me and putting his arms around me to hold both of us up. Now, this Jersey girl can have a pretty big mouth when someone invades her personal space…….But, somehow, by the grace of the Universe, I first took a moment to gaze at my husband’s eyes……By now, they were approximately the size of saucers.
I slowly turned around, and with his arms still around me, I saw a wordless smile upon Gordon Sumner’s lips. Who? Well, you might know him better as Sting. That may be the only time I didn’t mind my personal space being invaded…..
Back to my room……well, naive as we were, my husband and I thought it might be a good thing to bring some of the assortment of candies in our room back to our young children at home. Gummy Bears and a varied assortment filled jars for the taking. No, not for the taking, as we found out when our charge statement came later that month. We paid a week’s worth of grocery price for those Gummy Bears and M&M’s.
When I heard the iconic Waldorf was closing, I went hunting for those jars. I had saved a few of them, but twenty years had left only one on the shelf where it has rested for so long. I am putting it away for safekeeping. Who knows, maybe on Antiques Roadshow 2099, it will be worth $1,000. That probably will be equal to my week’s worth of grocery bill back then. So there, Waldorf, I will finally break even……… 🙂
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