What happens when at 8pm in Central Park West, your kids decide to say a big friendly HELLO to each person who passes by:
8:01- Kids decide to say hello to everyone cheerily
8:02- Kids' mother is extremely embarrassed
8:03- Kids are squealing with delight that people are saying cheerful Hello, How Are You's back to them
8:05- Kids' mother stops being embarrassed- amusement begins
8:07- Kids make up a rule that they won't say hi to those on cell phones or with earbuds
8:14- Isaac declares that this is the most fun game ever
8:15- Isabelle declares that New Yorkers are the nicest people evar
8:16- A stranger stops kids to say thanks for saying hi, that Belle's sweater is so cute; stranger starts to walk away but steps back to clarify that Belle's sweater isn't all that is good about her, but she's sure Belle is smart and funny, too.
8:17- Old woman calls kids "crazy kids out too late"
8:25- Man stops children to say thanks for saying hello
8:26- Isaac repeats that this is the best game ever
8:28- Isaac again states the awesomeness of this game and says "it's a definite feel-good game"
8:29- we arrive at hotel, Belle is proud that "like, 50 people said Hi" back to her.
8:45- Isaac, getting ready for bed, reports that he "is proud of humanity."
This reminded me of a similar game the kids played in Tokyo.
Photos from... Tokyo! If you ever go, visit Showa Park. Gorgeous.