A couple of weeks ago when I headed to Battery Park for Memorial Day, I spied a human-sized xylophone on the ground – nine massive bronze steps to jump on and make music. Today I headed back, envisioning a ‘Big’ keyboard scene for myself.
Of course it wasn’t that simple. But as I hopped across the keys, I spied two kids nearby – who I later learned were Sybil and Jasmine – and encouraged them to give me a hand (foot?). They were so cute, and together we jumped, skipped and laughed as we attempted to make some semblance of a tune.
This was a hidden treat. As I walked off, I could hear Jasmine yelling: ‘Thanks for teaching us the magic music!’ and it suddenly seemed like one of the best activities I’ve done.