Happy birthday Wolf!

New York City. I tip my hat to you. A barista told me “you have to be strong to live in New York City”. Fuck yes you do.

When I got on the ferry to go to Liberty Island I was like- how do I walk on here? This is scary! But by the time I got off I was pretty good at it and In fact it was kind of fun. That’s how I feel about functioning in NYC.

The city itself doesn’t give a fuck. But the individuals, when you make eye contact and smile, are nice.

Everyone openly smokes cigarettes, which I love.

The men wear more cologne than I’m accustomed to.

We had a terrifying taxi ride.

The NYPD are sexy beasts.

The Statue of Liberty was like when we visit the Black Isis in Iowa. On a much bigger scale. The tour and monuments were very pro immigrant and it’s an interesting contrast to what’s in the news right now.

I tried to go to the store Enchantments but it’s closed on Tuesdays.

New York City fashion- most people dress practical (zero fucks, remember) but there was a theme:

-Crop Tank tops that are muscle cut

-linen pants that are high waisted but show your ankles and are loose at the bottom

-clunky shoes or Roman like sandals

-Bobby pins. So many Bobby pins

-thick headbands

-the color “champagne”

Speaking of clothes, I brought two large bags of clothes. And have worn the same pair of Walmart jean shorts every single day. And maybe 3 T-shirts (don’t worry, Beyoncé). Plus a hoodie I got in Salem. Which should be it’s own blog post.

I saw people from all over the world. Heard over a dozen languages. I asked everyone “where were you born?” And they happily told me their stories.

I want to end with a big thank you to the man from Israel who bought our liquor as we were leaving town. He asked me not to put his picture on the internet. And when I asked why he bought our alcohol he said “one good deed a day”. Cheers!

Author: thewitchmama

Melanie Elizabeth Hexen is a midwife, regionally famous bellydancer, homeschooling mother and matriarch of the Many Hands House. She has been a witch for 25 years, and her belief system is currently based on the writings of Terry Pratchett and the teachings of Steven Posch. With her coven, the Prärie Hexen, she is creating the Hexen Tradition of Witchcraft.

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