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the unexpected

August 29, 2011

at the beach

Sometimes we plan something that should be relaxing and it just isn’t! The other day we went to the beach. I love the beach and we met a friend with kids there. Sounds great right? Huh. I was in the throes of congestive allergies that just became worse as the day progressed, Lukas was acting a little wacky from a lack of nap and developed a huge red rash all over his body from something in the water or sand! (It went away by the time we were home)

The weather and the company were great, I just wish I could have appreciated it more.

Then the next day, we went to San Francisco to the MOMA see the Steins’ Collection of Picasso, Matisse and other avant garde artist of the era. I was not expecting much from myself or Lukas since we had just had that exhausting day, but it was all planned so we went ahead.

We met Sacha and Patrick in the Yerba Buena gardens and had a picnic in beautiful weather, then off we went to the museum and off they went to listen to outdoor music. Three or four hours later, (yes, what a great friend to babysit that long in the park!) we emerge from one of the most amazing exhibits I have ever seen, it was just so beautiful to see all that work in its actual context, through the eyes of those who loved it and bought it when it was being made. You just never have a chance to see art in that way. They looked so contemporary, especially the Cezanne paintings and you could feel all the energy and excitement of the time. All of these pieces are normally scattered around the world but were brought back together for this exhibit. Truly amazing! Even more amazing is how we were able to see the exhibit. Let’s just say that if it weren’t for a homeless guy in a wheelchair, we never would have seen it. Practice always giving something to the homeless.

After the museum, we heard about Lukie’s day, flying balsa wood airplanes, watching ice skaters, and riding the huge carousel. He was tired and slept all the way home, then woke up, had dinner, and went to bed again with no problem. I coudn’t believe it.

I am practicing feeling grateful for the unexpected, sometimes it’s not what you want, but then other times you didn’t even know what to ask for.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2011 11:09 am

    It was a funny (as in weird funny!) day, ey! 🙂 I was definitely not in top shape myself…but it was still a fun day, too. Thanks for getting us out to a new beach!

    Your time in the city sounds great! Inspired to go to the exhibit! Cheers, Deb

    • karen hess permalink*
      September 1, 2011 1:24 pm

      Nope, it’s not always perfect and it makes us appreciate the good things when we find them so much more! Exhibit ends Tuesday so grab some online tickets and GO!

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