• Upcoming trips

    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.


  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 50 other followers

  • Follow Thompson's Travels on WordPress.com

Jeremy in surgery

Great grand-son Jeremy, (now 15 years old) underwent elective surgery to correct a condition in his  chest which was preventing  its normal development–a condition which was causing him increasing distress and embarrassment. To put it simply, surgery entailed inserting a rod through Jeremy’s chest and flexing it outwards! (It is called “The Nuss Procedure, after the Surgeon who invented it)  It was done in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital on the far north west side of Manhattan–the opposite direction from my apartment to the rehab place where Ethel is staying!

Daughter, Susan, (his grandmother) brought Amy (his mother) to stay at my apartment until he his discharged.

The operation was a great success and Jeremy is very pleased with his new chest (Amy had to take pictures of it to show him, since he was not allowed to sit up for the first day). Amy has a cot by the side of his hospital bed. She sent me the two pictures (pre-anesthesia) below:

Susan and I, to while away the four to six hours it would take before people, other than his parents, were allowed to see him, visited the Cloisters, which are only a little way north of the hospital.

Amy suiting up

Amy suiting up

A very adult Jeremy before the ordeal

A very adult Jeremy before the ordeal


2 Responses

  1. Dear Ben… I am so glad the operation was a great success. Wonderful news! Much love, Bonnie

  2. Hooray for Jeremy! Sounds like a big surgery – I’ll bet you, Amy and Susan are relieved to be on the other side of this. Not to mention Jeremy. Wishing him swift healing and rest for you all!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s