“Home again, home again jiggity-jig!”
I must have uttered these words hundreds of times since the birth of my sons. For us, it isn’t so much about “going to market” as it is about the wonderful feeling of pulling into the driveway after any trip, being it to the grocery store or thousands of miles away.
The boys and I had various and sundry experiences on our end-of-summer vacation. Famous San Francisco Chronicle newspaper columnist, Herb Caen, once said: “One day if I do go to heaven…I’ll look around and say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.‘ ”
As a young child of about seven, I recall listening to a Tony Bennett recording of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” at the at the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. I knew then that both Bennett, and the city he sang about were pretty remarkable.
Thursday, August 15, Union Square. Now a popular, shopping, hotel, and theatre district, Union Square was once a tall sand dune, and the square was later dedicated as a public park in 1850. Union Square was named for the pro-Union rallies which took place there prior to the Civil War.
Friday, August 16, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to UC Berkeley visit. The bridge was designed during the gold rush days, but wasn’t completed until 1936.
Saturday, August, 17, visit with new grand-niece, Elizabeth. Two-months old and the sweetest thing ever! Both parents are graduates of Brooks Institute, so hoping they will forgive my less-than-perfect photography!
St. Patrick’s Church on Sunday morning, August 18, founded in 1851. “The décor and interior of the church are Irish-inspired and it has a gothic feel inside. The main colors used are the official Irish colors gold, green, and white.”
Sunday afternoon, August 18, Golden Gate Park. De Young Museum of Art, Diebenkorn Exhibit, The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966. Richard Diebenkorn is known in part, for his paintings of the landscapes and cities of the Bay Area. He had a major influence on postwar American art, beginning with abstract paintings and moving through this period into figurative art.
Michael skateboards in the park: Heaven!
Monday, August 19, lunch and walk with Uncle Mark at San Francisco Harbor. Popularly known as the San Francisco Marina, it is the oldest recreational marina in the Bay Area. Uncle Mark, diagnosed with non-smoking lung cancer two years ago this month, took us on quite a walk up and down hills and even performed pull-ups on the parcourse bars! He is a living miracle and a family hero.
San Francisco has only one drawback - ’tis hard to leave. (Rudyard Kipling)