first part of my U.S. trip, which was to celebrate my niece’s 16th birthday and see the Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas ended yesterday, and today, we flew into L.A. to see my brother…
Last Saturday, Therese, my niece, wore a beautiful lacy dress, with rose petals inside the dress’ hem, as she was wheeled out to the patio for everyone to greet her.
it has been 6 long years since we parted ways. she is way much different from the time she was with me.. when she was little, she could still get up from bed or from the sofa on her own or walk with minimal supervision, but this time, she is confined to her wheelchair and has difficulty walking by herself. she has seizures on a daily basis, and just like the rose, we look at a beautiful creation but with the thorns, it pricks the heart seeing her condition deteriorate… (please check out the IRSF – International Rett Syndrome Foundation – www.rettsyndrome.org for more info about her condition)
overall it was really a happy reunion for me and my family. we visited the Hahn Winery in Monterey Valley (www.hahnestates.com) for some wine tasting, though i am not wine savvy, but definitely enjoyed having some reds over our lunch picnic basket.
the Monterey Bay Aquarium (www.montereybayaquarium.org)
and of course the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge and went on a 2 hour tour of Alcatraz Island.