Yesterday, Eric and I played hooky from our responsibilities and accompanied Greg on his monthly trip to San Francisco. Since Adam is out of town, it was time for some special one to one moments with my eldest son as Greg attended his meetings at the University. We were fortunate enough to be able to get tickets to see the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of Pharoahs exhibit at the de Young Museum.
This particular museum has eluded us for the past few years. Every time we’ve tried to visit, a line longer than those at Disneyland snaked outside the building, dissuading us from even trying to get in to the museum. I guess the key is to go on a Tuesday in the middle of the afternoon. Along with seeing the de Young’s fine collections, we were able to get some of the day’s last few tickets to the special exhibit. I have to say that the experience was well worth the price – the artifacts contained in the exhibit simply take your breath away. Their condition is truly pristine and the exhibit’s arrangement leaves you with a tremendous sense of the magnitude of the archaeological find and the history of Tut’s time.
All in all, it was a gorgeous day in San Francisco with temperatures in the mid 80’s. I so love spending days like this in Eric’s company. His mind is so active – he filled four pages of notes during our day at the de Young. Mind you, his note taking was simply for his own edification – he is going through a “Renaissance Man” phase and is loving anything having to do with the Arts these days. As I watch him grow into a man and anticipate his 18th birthday in September, I’m filled with pride at what a fine person he has become. We still have quite a year ahead of us, with college applications and major life decisions looming large. But yesterday was a wonderful moment to pause and just enjoy one another’s company. Here are a few photos of our day and the exhibit – enjoy!