In my case, some of the bonding things that we did – and we still do – are little trips that I take her to all the time. And I’ve been doing that since she was really young. And it was great, because it forced me to learn how to take care of her – all of her needs and diapers and all that stuff and feeding her and being responsible. And that’s such a great way to connect with a person. I mean, it’s so intimate and you’re dealing with every part of their being and that was gold for me, because it really connected us. And also, these trips became very special.
I remember I took her to her first Broadway show – she was three. And because we live in New York, we’re always back and forth, and I would go – when I would have to go for business – I would take her sometimes on these weekends, it would just be her and I. And she was really into music and because she was a little mature, I thought, “All right, it’s a little bit early to go to a Broadway musical,” but I felt like I should… I could do it.
And I remember going into the theatre, and it was a Saturday night, an 8 o’clock curtain, and everyone looked at me like, “Who is this jerk bringing a 3-year-old to an 8 o’clock Broadway show?” And they’re all drinking and then they’re recognizing me, so they are like… I could just feel the looks from people. And then she was like this princess. And so by intermission, she is the mascot of the whole audience, because they’re so amazed at how mature she is and that she could sit through this Broadway musical.
Although there was a funny little moment where – it was the show “Wicked” – and there’s at the climax of the show, the bad witch turns on the good witch or something and there’s this dramatic pause and – you know, it’s 12 hundred people in this theater – and it is completely quiet. And she just screamed at the top of her lungs, “You’re a bad girl!” And the whole place went crazy. And I couldn’t even… I was holding her mouth at that point, so I didn’t look. But I’m pretty sure the actors just must have been like… so taking trips is a great way.
And I just did one this… you know, a couple weeks ago I had to go up to Seattle on business and I took her and I allowed a day for her and I to bum around. And there something happens about it, because we’re together away, out of our comfort zone, you get to know each other in a special way and I love trips with her.