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Guest Author: Charlotte <3

Charlotte, my seven-year-old friend from QIV-C, has been hanging out with ALC-NYC and Cloudhouse these past few days we’ve visited her home. Here’s a guest post from her:

I liked when my sled was going really fast, last night. With Eric, Abby, Chuck, and Javair. I kept falling out of my sled, which was funny.

I like hanging out with friends.

I like seeing friends.

And I like…hmmm…We played games, like Werewolves. It was fun. I played on the silks with Adin. We got stuck in the knots sometimes. And I kindof fell out sometimes.

I taught yoga and I drew. I drew Abby, Eric, and Askani.

Pretty much everything was the same as last time I hung out with ALC, except a little cooler. And everything was fun.

That’s all. *shrug*

Of course you won’t be bored over the break, but just in case…

Mostly thinking of @failspy @kingthanos @jacobcb as I write this, but here are a bunch of resources for anyone in NYC over the break and unsure of how to keep adventuring while school is closed 🙂

Free museums! Don’t be shy about taking advantage of “suggested/donation-based admission” 😉 Also, I would highly recommend taking a friend and checking out the First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum. The music, stories, free art, and people watching have never disappointed me yet!

Free weekly events from NYCgo and TimeOutNYC, some happening now and some happening all the time. I’ve found some unexpected adventures using these sites.

MUSIC! Free and classical here. Potentially free and all ages rock/pop/hip-hop/etc. here and here.

Comedy sketches and musical improv! Shows I’ve been to cost $5-$7. In my experience, the comedy sketches are edgier than the musical improv (which astounds me more because it’s improv…), but if you’re comfortable with swearing and adult humor, these shows can be really fun.

Free movies @MoMA! Often strange and old and interesting.

Free lectures, films, art shows, food @NYU!

Weird and wonderful Brooklyn things via this email newsletter! Some are 21+, but most art events are all ages.

And of course, you can also ice skate, explore a park, play GO on Tuesday night, ride the ferry to Staten Island then bus to Snug Harbor, walk across a bridge, eat in Jackson Heights//Brighton Beach//Arthur Ave, or any of a bunch of other things I’m probably forgetting 🙂 Happy exploring!

A basic question…

Last week, I finally recorded the story-line of an MM game @thewitchqueen908 DMed. At the end of the game, my character finally makes it to the lair of the great golden dragon to ask for an apprenticeship. The great golden dragon asks whether the little dragon wants friendship and wisdom or just power. After being reassured of the little dragon’s intentions, the great golden dragon agrees to the apprenticeship and invites the little dragon to come help him search for a mate.

MM Dragons

The little dragon agrees. They ask the great golden dragon what he is looking for in a mate.  He lists a bunch of things, then thinks and revises his answer: he’s actually looking to meet a friend to maybe fall in love with later.

This week, a couple of teenagers sheepishly approached me for help. They asked for help finding other teenagers to make friends with. I thought of Askani speaking through her dragon–to whatever extent an author speaks through her characters–and of many adults in my life, all essentially asking the same questions.

Of course, the answers differ depending on one’s age and location.

Of course, the answers remain mostly the same, since we’re all humans looking for meaningful connections with other humans.

The little dragon in the story suggested the big dragon to think of something he likes to do and go do that, both because he likes that thing (so it’ll bring him joy and engagement and confidence and a bunch of other intrinsically fulfilling / extrinsically attractive qualities) and because he will have a shared interest / easy conversation starter/ common experience with anyone he meets while doing that thing.

This little dragon hopes that she gave helpful advice to all the big dragons asking her for help. She also realizes the big dragons here have a harder task than the one in the story, because the one in the story didn’t have to figure out where to go in order to do the thing he likes…he just had to fly out of his cave.

I’ve promised to research and blog about places for teens to hang out, do interesting things, and meet awesome other teens in NYC. It feels like an enormous task, because the city is so big. That said, I actually have the easy job. I just have to find and point out the possibilities. It’s up to the teens (and sometimes their parents) to step outside the school, and maybe their comfort zones, to “meet a friend to fall in love with.”