Floor 21, Room 201
“It’s the top floor,” dad says, “imagine walking groceries up that?” “It hurts to try.” I cringe.
The New York City air had its own welcome to me, with biting chills and offensive traffic, as well as having me question the stability of the elevator. I was burning with questions, and burning with too much anxiety to ask any them. I follow my future stepfamily to the door of their apartment, and at first glance, I am tackled by Chinatown. Gracious glasses in small framed
spaces, the welcoming kotatsu, and a breathtaking view of the Brooklyn Bridge. My eyes could feel height of the balcony. What could be better that this? I thought. I was there only three nights, and never again.