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I went to the pediatrician’s office with N, today. While we were waiting, a ten year old boy came to the clinic with his mom. He had a school uniform on, which made me think that he was sent home because he was feeling sick. His mom made him fill up his assessment sheet, himself. An example question was “Does your child have anxiety attacks?” The mother (Indian origin, of course) was dutifully explaining it to her child what anxiety means, and how he does not suffer from the same. Just looking at the discussion made me anxious.  The questions were in second person, addressed to a parent to answer about their child. So I have no idea why the mother thought it was necessary for the child to fill out the questionnaire.

It seems to me that people in CA are much more inclined to stuffing information into their kids. I feel they want to push them beyond their years. Is it due to the competition here? Is it good? Is it bad? I don’t know the answer to these questions. I sincerely hope that I do not become the kind of parent, who pushes her child to stay abreast of competition all the time (for example at a doctor’s office at the time of a sick visit).  All I hope is for N to remember her childhood with fondness, when she grows up.

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Recently, the mister and I decided to shake our lives a bit. So after twelve years in Kentucky, we have made a big move to California. Like all other things the move has its pros and cons. If I had to put each in one sentence, here is how I think it impacts our lives:-

Con: – I think day-to-day life is tougher in CA, with longer hours spent away from home; home being much tinier than what we are used to on the East coast.

Pro: – There is so much more to do indoors and outdoors, especially on the weekends.

It has been a month since we moved here and I am absolutely loving planning weekends. Of course, the fact that I am not yet working fuels my enthusiasm for the weekend. Thanks to family visiting, we have been to the following places: –

1. Twin Peaks – gives a bird’s eye view of San Francisco city, including the Golden Gate bridge. It was a tad too crowded for my taste, and it was not even a long weekend.

2. Drive through Golden Gate bridge and Vista Point – absolutely loved it! No mist, no unbearably cold wind.

3. Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and a 60 minute cruise under the Golden Gate bridge – All of us enjoyed it, with Nandita enjoying it the most. Experienced the misty cold air of the bay as we neared the bridge and even little N felt like heading inside the boat. The walk around Fisherman’s Wharf was nice, crowded again. N got gifted a turtle bread from Boudin Sourdough Company, as we were admiring their work on display. I would like to go back for a tour, one day. Enjoyed a crab-cake sandwich (yumm!) at Pier 39.

4. Muir Woods – OMG, if it was closer to home, I would go for a walk every single day. Tall redwood trees; we took so many pictures and all of us agreed that none of the pics did any justice. We did a one hour loop with N running all the way up and back, and I would like to go back for the two hour loop and more. You get the idea! 🙂

5. Lombard Street – A 45 degree drive up in traffic with the car rolling behind before it went ahead was terrifying the first time, and only slightly less terrifying the next. The drive down crooked street is quite pleasant. When you look around you wonder how people live in those slanted homes. I would classify it as a touristy, strictly one-time attraction.

6. Stanford University – Having studied in a university in the US, we feel at home strolling through any university. Like in the university without a car, rocks! So we parked near the visitor center and strolled for an hour and a half. It was with a crowd and three kids, but we promised ourselves we would be back to see the Art Museum, Cactus Garden and more.

7. Happy Hollow Park and Zoo – Went yesterday with N and her cousins. A park and zoo of the perfect size! Went home just sufficiently tired, but not exhausted. I would definitely recommend this park for people with younger kids.

We have enjoyed many of the smaller parks close to home – Shoreline Sailing Park, Washington Park, De Anza Park, Ortega park.

On to Napa Valley tomorrow. Stay tuned for some more adventures of the Rama family.

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