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May 5, 2009


Lukas spins the prayer wheels at the SF Asian Art Museum

Lukas spins the prayer wheels at the SF Asian Art Museum

If you thought the last post sounded desperate, you should have seen yesterday. BUT, the universe and the deities totally made up for it today. First, a peek at yesterday: Yesterday evening I walked over to the bedroom to see how Lukas and his yelling were doing after about 5 minutes of taking a break from it and I found him climbing over his baby gate—like he was all the way over and his head was pointed at the floor about to crash down into the living room. I caught him right before he hit. I felt so terrible that he was so desperate to get to me that he climbed over that gate—how is it even possible? It was like someone lifting a car off someone else after an accident, I mean he is ONE year old.


So after a wild couple of days, I was completely broken down, I was ashes and was reduced to nothingness and I called on those deities. They are so cool because they actually listen. It was so dramatic, it was like they said “OK we can see that is all you can handle right now, let’s lighten it up now.” This morning we woke up and took a walk downtown and Lukas was in a fabulous mood, so fabulous I decided to go to breakfast. He sat in a cafe with me for a half hour and enjoyed himself. People said things like “He’s so good natured”, etc. This is when I realized that all those well behaved babies out there that I always see are probably Mr. Hyde too sometimes, maybe.


The Dragon's Gift: THe Sacred Art of Bhutan at the SF Asian Art Museum

The Dragon's Gift: THe Sacred Art of Bhutan at the SF Asian Art Museum

But, it doesn’t end here. Scott and I decided to go to San Francisco today to see the Bhutan exhibit the Asian Art Museum. I’m thinking how bad can things get after the last couple days, let’s go. So we go, I am knitting on the way and I decide to just let Scott decide everything. This is a great idea because Scott has a serious sense for what the flow is. We park in the underground garage and find a spot directly in front of the elevator. We go out of the elevator and not only is the museum directly across from us, but wait, there is some kind of family kids’ festival going on in Civic Center Plaza. There is a playground and popcorn and tons of kids activities. So Lukas has a great time playing for a while in the playground and we eat popcorn and watch a guy named Oliver in a San Francisco inspired clown outfit make balloon animals.


Then we cross the street and go to the Asian Art Museum. FREE TODAY it says. Then we find out not only is it free, it’s FAMILY day. Inside is the Bhutan exhibit we wanted to see, and also there are kids coloring in mandala and animal pictures at tables, monks praying, prayer wheels to spin and videos about Bhutan that have subtitles so you don’t even need to hear what they are saying, while you attend to your kid and watch the video at the same time. Scott checked out the exhibit, then when he came out, he played with Lukie while I went into the galleries. Inside, I was immersed in the most beautiful artworks. Bhutanese paintings of all their deities and films of the most incredible devotional dancing. You could just see the devotion in the dancing, it was beautiful. The artworks are thanka paintings, which are made with fabric bases (sort of like quilt top actually) with a painting in the middle and a fabric curtain that covers the painting rolled up to the top and tied. The paintings depicted Gods, and teachers and stories, created with the utmost skill and devotion. I realize in the gallery that I am now able to immerse completely and instantly into an experience like this, (since I have limited time) as opposed to before we had the baby, when I needed lots of processing time to sink into it and really feel it.

Bhutan is a tiny isolated country near Tibet. They have remained pretty culturally intact since they are in the mountains and no one can get to them. Their artwork is very similar looking to Tibetan art, although they would not like to hear that. One of their devotional practices involves embodying the deity. Becoming God. Their country has been under monastic rule (the monks ruled) for 100 years and last year they became a democracy. Everyone is a little nervous about that. 

Lukas and I spun the prayer wheels and I expressed gratitude for such an amazing day. Even afterwards when we went out to dinner, we could see our car from our table we had such a great parking spot and Lukas lasted through the meal. Then when we arrived back home, that little guy was still in a great mood. He was cracking up at the littlest things and I just felt the most overwhelming love for him and for Scott and the day and for the deities for allowing it to happen and hearing me freaking out and helping make THIS DAY wonderful. Thank you.

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