I looked outside my window and noticed groups of people on the lawn at Morningside Park. My next step was to look online to find out what was happening, and realized it as Sundae Sermon! I quickly grabbed my camera and two hula hoops, told my boyfriend I’d be in the park, and followed the music. Sundae Sermon is a monthly music festival held on Sundays in Morningside Park. Families and friends come out with picnic baskets, find a good spot on the grass, listen to some good music, and have some fun mingling and dancing. There’s a DJ booth and numerous tables that give away freebies. Sundae Sermon’s mission is to strengthen the community by providing educational and recreational outdoor entertainment for locals.
I love the event because it’s sponsored by some local Harlem businesses. The children are just so beautiful and precious. I arrived to the park by myself, and after taking some pictures of the crowd, I ended up sitting by a girl who couldn’t be more than four years old. I found out her name was Isa after speaking briefly with her mother. She eyed me up and down when I sat, and said, “You’re sitting next to me.” I smiled and nodded, but her eyes didn’t blink and her look didn’t change. She continued to stare at me, then asked, “Are you going to hula hoop now?” I had no choice but to get up and do what Isa wanted. I got the hula party going because as soon as I started, all the kids around wanted a turn at the hula hoops. Isa then still taking everything in, sat down cross-legged, and told me, “I like your shoes.” After I thanked her, she added, “I like your lips too.” She didn’t crack a smile or anything. The kid definitely just expressed her feelings without a worry and continued watching the other kids using my hula hoop. Eventually, she got up too to hula hoop.
After I received some compliments from Isa, I decided to follow her path, and complimented other ladies I found beautiful. I found out it wasn’t difficult at all, and those beautiful ladies reacted in the most charming, genuine way. It was a fun time at Morningside Park, dancing, hula huping, and admiring the beautiful people of Harlem.
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