You made it. Winter is over at last. Reward yourself. Indulge. By the time you get to the center of this Tootsie Roll Pop, perhaps you'll remember all the things you love about New York in the first place.
After the show, Gus suggested dessert at Cafe Fiorello by Lincoln Center. "You'll die, Lenny. Their specialty is chocolate mousse to share. You get a bucket of mousse and a bucket of whipped cream for the table. I hope you're ready to indulge."
I salivated. I was ready.
Tucked in a side booth, Gus and I dished up bowls of the stuff. It was a perfectly chilled concoction of creamy cocoa. My eyes fluttered back. "Heaven."
"The pearly gates at last," Gus agreed.
"Oh!" I suddenly remembered today's gift. "I know we're eating dessert, but I almost forgot I have something for you." I handed her a brown paper bag.