Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Yesterday my grand daughter Meha---fondly referred to by Sudhir and me as "The Raavanaa"----decided to take me to the Getty Museum---literally to the other end of Town!!She had just an hour of School and was free after that so she thought I'd enjoy this---hence off we went around 10 a.m.----the GPS leading the way!!!Took us about an hour and a half to arrive and another half hour to find a Parking spot.However by 12 noon we were at the Tram Station waiting to be transported to the Museum.
The Magic began with the Tram Ride.As it pulled away it began winding up the Hill---and first thick Woods on one side with the sheer drop to the Freeways on the other made for a novel experience.As we rose higher the Woods continued but with added glimpses of lush Green clad Hills rolling away into the distance with L.A. falling even farther below us--clothed in a misty haze.We reached the Museum and after a quick Lunch we began our Tour---and literally a Treasure Trove of Art opened up before my bemused eyes----there are so many Images and Names crammed into my cranium that I can't even think straight!!we spent over 4 hours there and it still wasn't enough!!The beautiful Gardens and Landscaping as well as the modern Glass and Stone buildings and foyers create an impression of Light and Openness----adding to the mesmerising effect.Meha took quite a few Pictures of the place but an Usher there told her about a certain application that can help to enhance the Pictures on her I Phone---so we're waiting for her to do that.Once it is done I'll share them here for your viewing pleasure!!
My 17 year old Raavanaa has had to deal with a lot of issues these past 6 months.Beginning with Sudhir's death the secure familiar cocoon of her childhood and adolescent world came crashing down.The next step was her going to College.Never having lived on her own it is going to be a very difficult but enlightening experience for her to face--and she is approaching that with both anticipation and trepidation---all changes aren't really all happy ones!!She wanted me here so that she could spend time with me and just "hang out" with me--in her words.So this began on the first Wednesday I was here--25th. April----Jet lagged and sleepy she saw to it that I ate on time and took care of me---somehow she made me feel like a little child!!!An embarassing but nice feeling!!!The Jet Lag continued till on Friday she insisted I accompany her to a School Play---"You're a Good Man,Charlie Brown"---for which she bought the Tickets in advance to ensure that I went.Once there she took me around her School--showing me her Locker and various Classrooms and Sports facilities in the Grounds before the Play started.The Play was good--an eye opener to the way these children of today think and visualise things--and featured some really great performances--particularly the young fellow who played "Snoopy"!!!It was pretty late by the time the Play got over---and then came the Grand Finale of the evening--a yummy Sushi Dinner at one of the new places that have opened up since I last visited---it was exceptionally good!!
These past few days have brought home to me how my little Raavanaa has grown up.Talking to her has introduced me to an individual that still carries shades of the little child I knew---but with definite adult overtones of a very smart and confident young lady with definite opinions and views on everything---from Politics to Literature!!She is now earning my respect in the way she is developing into a very strong minded individual----and though she has inherited my naivete she also knows how to be firm and hard headed whenever the need arises!!!The thing however that has touched me the most is the fact that is willing today to just spend time with me--talking to me on a one-to-one basis----and reaching out to me with her inner most feelings.I in turn draw parallels to similar thoughts I've had and we discuss the similarity of our ways of Thought---but both reach different conclusions--due to our difference in age!!
Lotta has just taken up a Job once again after a gap of 7 years--the better to deal with the "Empty Nest" Syndrome she says--so Meha and I are living it up---cooking,reminiscing,argui
ng and laughing together!!!