I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?
- From Disney's Aladdin
Dear New York City,
My Beloved. It has been nearly 15 years since you swept me off my feet. You unveiled to me riches I had only dreamed of: mountains of the most exquisite art, the finest food in the word, an array of people such as I had never seen, evening after day after evening of fresh, new, excitement. Even with my small teacher's salary, you welcomed me wholeheartedly and showed me that you have something to offer everyone, anyone.
I left you, a few years ago but only briefly. I was desperately sad when I said goodbye and went to Sydney, because, you see, I wasn't sure I would ever come back to you. But I should have known - your pull would prove too strong to resist for long.
So I came back, now a married woman, and I started a family under your wing. I never in a million years intended to raise children in New York City. But you are my home. Our home. I can see my children's future here - one filled with opportunity, promise, choice, excellence, and love.
Lately, though, I've been having a few misgivings. You see, you are very, very crowded. And to provide my family with the things I would like to provide them, you are not cheap. Also, though I refuse to live in fear and instead live proudly within your borders, you often come under threat.
Please know I have no plans to leave you anytime soon. I just wanted to let you know that I will always love you, even if I sometimes think about leaving you. And even if my husband and I have mentioned the idea more and more often lately.
But above all, I thank you. Thank you for making me into the adult that I am.
Your Grateful Tenant,