Jane Addams Hull House Museum on Flickr.
Jose Lerma show at Kavi Gupta on Flickr.
Between Brains at Township on Flickr.
This was so funny. I ran into this Mexican couple on a trail in Central Park, and they were lugging around all these balloons. I asked what the balloons were for, and the guy told me that he’d brought them all the way from Mexico. He said he’d concocted this elaborate plan, where he’d given balloons to different people around the city (starting with the hotel concierge), and sent the girl on a scavenger hunt to find them.
"Just because?" I asked.
"Just because," he said.
When I got home, I had an email. It said:
I couldn’t tell you, but I was about to ask her to marry me.
She said yes!
"He’s always doing small things."
"What’s an example of a small thing?"
"He heard me say that I wanted to check out this antique store. So for Valentine’s Day, he went there and found out that they had a collection of old, vintage postcards. He discovered one from the 1920’s that actually had a handwritten Valentine’s Day note. And he got it for me."
"My wife left me and went to Georgia."
"Why’d she leave you?"
"We’d just grown apart. I’d recommend getting married as late as you can. We got married because we had a baby. Then we both changed a lot, because both of us still had a lot of growing left to do. You should give yourself plenty of time to grow before getting married."
You’re not a kid anymore. You have the right to choose your own life. You can start again. If you want a cat, all you have to do is choose a life in which you can have a cat. It’s simple. It’s your right.
"One day you’ll feel eighteen, look sixty, and wonder what happened."