I was born in New York City on May 5, 2008. It was on Cinco De Mayo. My first birthday party was in New York and it was a Mexican-themed party but I don’t really like Mexican food. This year, I started to like tacos—but only hard tacos not soft tacos.
When I was 9 months old, I was a research participant at the New York University (NYU). I got a certificate for participating in a study about whether or not I would jump off the top of a ramp… and I almost did! My mom says the ramp was really high. She was holding some toys and they were watching me to see if I would try to jump off the ramp to get to her.
They had babies who lived in places with stairs and babies who lived in places without stairs. I was a baby who lived in a place without stairs (since I was born in an apartment). They said that I jumped because I never fell from a stair before so I wasn’t really scared. Some babies did not jump and that was probably because they had stairs in their house and had gotten hurt. I also think some babies might just be scared. Here is a picture of the certificate I got from New York University.
I moved from New York City to D.C. after I turned one. I didn’t really remember New York City that well so I really wanted to go back there. I got to go back this May. I also got to meet my grandparents from Maryland there. My mom was graduating from Columbia University for her doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching. So we went to her graduation.
I also got to see the apartments that I was born in (they are behind me in the picture). After the graduation she told me that I had to call her Dr. Mom but I still call her Mom and she gets sort of upset but it’s more like a silly upset because she is not really upset.
I also got to go to the Statue of Liberty. I was really excited to see it because I was learning about it in kindergarten. I learned all about the national symbols. I knew that the Statue of Liberty came from the French. It was a gift for our independence on July 4th.
I also wanted to go to Times Square because I saw it in movies and books and couldn’t wait to see it at night when it was all lit up. When I got there, I met Spiderman, Ironman, Woody, Despicable Me!, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Uncle Sam. I also saw Elmo and Cookie Monster, but I’m not a big fan of them anymore.
Some other things I liked about New York was the subway. I took the subway to visit my friend Noel and Isabel who live near Columbia University. I saw the empire state building. I also liked my hotel and that they had tea whenever I wanted to have it. New York was a lot of fun. It is one of my favorite cities.