We are in sightseeing mode this week, with my parents visiting. It occurred to me today, as we were passing through the financial district and pointing out to the children every bit of interesting architecture, lobby artwork, etc. - is this getting to be overkill? OK, kids seeing the world and all, but is the constant "look at that!" making them jaded? If we were living a "normal" life in Philadelphia, would I be continually pointing out interesting things for them to observe?
...Maybe I would. And maybe this is just a natural parenting thing... at a certain point they're going to cross over into adolescence and they will be interested in nothing I want to show them, right? So perhaps I should just seize the moment right now - my curious little sponges at age 8, 7, and 4, are ready to gaze in fascination at every funny sign, colorfully-painted house, or beautiful sunset I can point out to them.
We went to Sausalito one day, on an open-topped tour bus that was incredibly windy going across the Golden Gate Bridge! This was just me, my parents, and Isa, and we enjoyed Sausalito's cute streets and beautiful hillside homes, and being able to look at San Francisco from a distance.
Today we took all the kids to Golden Gate Park, for another chance at the Koret Children's Quarter, and then for lunch at the home of a distant cousin, in a stunning apartment next to Ghirardelli Square. (So of course we went to Ghirardelli for the free chocolate!)
These are only a few of the sights we've seen this week. We've been all over the place... Ferry Building, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, Creativity Museum. Twice to Fisherman's Wharf, and we've still barely gotten a taste of all of the entertainment there. (street artists, tacky museums, crazy shops, etc...) Mom and I walked to City Hall one day, and today she explored the Botanical Gardens. In between all of it, we're finding time for the little things we appreciate when Grandma and Grandpa are in town... time for walks and talks, time for them with each of their grandchildren one-on-one, help with housework and childcare, and reminiscing about past trips and experiences.
More to come.....