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Dites-moi, Porquoi La vie est belle in NYC

My 8yo has an audition in NYC today. He loves the adventure of taking the train, talking endlessly, munching on Skittles and just being a kid! I love heading to NYC because it takes my mind off some serious stuff ...

My 8yo rehearsed the song for a few days. (Good thing there’s YouTube!)
(He auditioned for a part in Broadway's South Pacific)

Dites-moi Pourquoi
La vie est belle,
Dies-moi Pourquoi
La vie est gai,
Dites-moi Pourquoi,
Chere Mad'moiselle,
Est-ce que
Parce que Vous m'aimez?

Dites-moi Pourquoi, Chere Mad'moiselle,
Est-ce que Parce que Vous m'aimez?

Tell me why, oh why, my life is beautiful.
Tell me why, oh why, my life is gay.
Tell me why, oh why, my life is wonderful.
Could it be, possibly, you love me?

If you’ve been following for me a while, you know that my little guy, my fourth child, gives me so much to write about – so much fun stuff! (That's one brave pigeon! She just walked by us and didn't care about the people a few feet from her!)

Josh and I have been walking the streets of NYC for auditions since he was 6. We don’t really go often because I have 3 other kids to attend to.

He’s been in a few TV commercials i.e. Burlington Coat Factory, Nickelodeon, Verizon. His hand even did a gig for Ritz Bits! Sometimes I wonder if he does it because our NYC trip equals Skittles!

Can you imagine walking 7th or 8th Ave and seeing it in the perspective of a 47 inch, very curious boy?

He asked me why New Yorkers think New Jersey is not a great state to live in.
Not that he’s actually waiting for me to answer, because he has his own opinion anyway that he eagerly shared with me.

“Mom, I don’t understand why people think New York is better than New Jersey.
It’s so polluted in NY and there are no trees, it’s so congested, a lot of cars.
Why did they invent cars when cars just pollute the environment anyway?
People walking and talking on their cellphones, so much dirt on the ground,
a lot of buildings but no trees at all!

Although I do love the Empire State Building. I think that’s the best thing here in Manhattan.”

(Penn Plaza, 38th Floor - that's where I used to work for about 10 years as IT systems/programming manager.)While we took quick McD-break, I’ve had one of those mom-son conversations:

Of course he tried to ask for a Happy Meal but he knows I don’t buy happy meal not because I don’t want him to be happy (as he told his grandpa at one point), it’s just that I think it’s too much money.

So while munching a McDonald’s french fries, my 8yo surprised me with this:
“Mom, is there life after death. Am I going to be alone in heaven?”

“Why are you asking such question?”

"I don’t want to be alone in heaven. What if there’s a secret chamber in heaven and we can’t really be together."

I was about to answer when he shot me another question – or more like a statement.

“Mom, do you know that Burger King has the best French fries and McDonalds has the best chicken McNuggets.
Burger King French Fries are just so much crispier and tastier.
And do you know that the best sandwich is French fries and chicken nuggets squeezed together?”

(The garment district has tons of sale! Sadly, there's one peep show still on business!)
We giggled. We laughed. We were having fun.

He kept walking while we kept walking towards Time Square.

Flowers everywhere -
although my little guy is looking for the flowers which grow on the ground and not in pots.
We giggled. We laughed. We were having fun.

He kept talking while we kept walking towards Time Square.

When we got to the studio where they’re holding the audition, he just kept quiet and played with his Nintendo game.

When he finished with the audition, he came out happily and told me that he got a call-back.
It’s sounds good …but like the other auditions, you just don’t know.

We hang around Times Square to check out the street where there are people sitting on green lawn chairs in the middle of the street! It was awesome – and the pigeons are just having fun with my son, too !

Just having so much fun in the middle of Times Square!

One thing is for sure...Life is definitely beautiful....

Life is gay,

Life is wonderful,

Because I love my Josh and my Josh loves me!
Check out Joshua's blog :

Thank you to Pink Notes diary for sharing the “I love this Blog Award”,
Please do go visit her and say hi.
I’m sharing the award with all of you, too!

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” - George Bernard Shaw



  1. Aren't mommy-and-son times great? I love my "dates" with my Josh, too.

    Glad you have a lovely time in Manhattan!

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I'd LOVE to go to NYC! I've never been far from Cali, with the exception of Mexico, and Up North, San Fran, and up near WA. Oooh and Vegas..LOL. But NYC! I can only dream. Tell Josh, I;d like to visit New Jersey. Just because I hear my friend from NYC bash it often.

    We also get bashed where I live. ha! I love my little mountain community (sometimes) LOL

  3. LOL! I didn't know your son is a fellow actor! How cool! You are a very dedicated mom to bring him to all this auditions! Seeing all those pictures reminds me of pounding the pavement, myself! Is that Nola Studios?

  4. I love your blog. I think we follow some of the same people so it's funny how I'm just now finding you!

    Both of my girls were in acting and commercials when they were younger. The oldest started when she was 3 and the funny thing is she always got Skittles or Bubble Tape after her auditions. To her, that was the greatest thing. It wasn't the auditions it was the goodies afterwards.

    Being that I've never been to NY, I feel like I got a pretty eye view from your pictures. Nice.

  5. Buckeroomama - Aren't Joshs amazing? If I can keep him this young forever :)

    Tami,come visit NJ anytime. BTW I don't know anyone who looks like the real housewives of NJ , haha!

    Jennifer - The studio's Telsey and Company at 43rd St.

    Chocolate Covered - yup! It's the skittles and dunkin donuts, haha! Glad you're here, too!

    I just love how colorful NYC is!

  6. This post is full of life! Of all wonderful "mommy-son" adventures...And all the pics are great! Yes, I can feel the special bond between you and your son!!!God bless.

  7. Thanks for sharing NYC through your eyes!
    Your Josh is such a cutie, it's no wonder he gets so much work :o)
    What happy memories you are making with him and ones he will definitely remember when he is older.

  8. Time with the Kiddos is the best time ever.
    Thanks for visiting, how are you doing?


  9. I agree with your Josh, Burger King French Fries is just so much crispier and tastier.hihi Thanks for linking me here in your great post! Can't wait too for my baby Jian to speak and hear his thoughts..=)

  10. www.gottalovegrandmarozJune 17, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    I am so happy that you both had a wonderful time. The City looks great! I think it is time for a visit.
    Love this blog.
    Love, Mom

  11. That was such a fun post to read!! Your son sounds so sweet and inquisitive!! I bet he is so fun to have around!!!

  12. What a wonderful day in NYC. I'm so glad you had a chance to escape with him for a little while. Looks like he is quite a character! Crossing my fingers he gets the part.

  13. Glad you had a great time, Jenjen!
    I hope your son gets the part. Once again, I love the pics.

  14. What an awesome day with your boy. He is too cute. No wonder people want to put him on TV! ;0)

    Times with our little boys are so special. They are so sweet to their moms. Your conversations remind me of mine with my 9-year-old son.

    Made me smile. We have to cherish these times ... we'll blink and they'll be directing all that affection to some cute young lady who's caught their eye! ;0)

    Your blog always makes me smile.

  15. Isn't it nice when you can spend time just with one child for a little while! I did the same with my son this week and we had a great time. I love how your son's mind went from heaven to french fries in an instant!

  16. Sounds like a fun time in the city for you guys. When he's older he will always remember these times he went into the city with his mom :)

  17. WOW...gorgeous pics, I so love NY city and how nice you can go for a visit every now and then!!!

    Your son is such a cutie and just so talented....Its nice to see you can spend time with him alone too! (KIds need a little alone time with mom)
    Hope he gets the part...
    Have a wonderful weekend and congrats on your beautiful award!!! :)

  18. JenJen,

    I know you are busy and a lot on your mind. I wanted you to know that I keep you in my prayers. When you get a chance stop by and grab your award.
    You are truly deserving of it.

  19. Jenjen,
    Finally got your awards posted to my blog... thanks again so much. I gave a shout out to your link. ;0)


  20. Hi,

    Just visiting from Melinda's blog.

    I've never been to NYC; but based on your son's descriptions and comparisons, I think I'm ready to see the Big Apple.

    Love your energy. Your enthusiasm. And your style.


  21. nice write up!
    I work on 35th and 8th!

  22. hey jen, loved reading about your nyc adventure and josh...sounds like waaay too much fun :)


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