I usually air on the side of over planning. However, I decided to throw caution to the wind and chill a bit. For anyone who knows me, chill is not a word usually associated with my Type A personality but since I’ve been off work for a few weeks, I’m trying to attain a sense of “chill” before I’m catapulted back to reality.
Plus, I thought, what could go wrong with our trip to the De Young Museum to see the American Heroes: Japanese American World War II Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal exhibit? After all, I love art and have been to the De Young several times to see other exhibits. I know how to get there, where to park and how to get around once inside the museum. The only variable that worried me was could my dad walk enough to see the exhibit? So my Type A personality crept in and I had my dad’s transport chair with us in case he got tired and wanted to sit down. My sister Janice and her two boys were joining us so I had plenty of help pushing the transport chair if I needed it.
The day of our outing everything was going fine…no traffic, tons of handicap parking and friendly staff to direct us to the exhibit. This is where my lack of planning made me kick myself. The exhibit consisted of the Congressional Gold Medal in a case and one panel explaining the vital role Japanese American Nisei soldiers had during the war (see below).
Don’t get me wrong, anytime this period in history can be acknowledged, I am thrilled. I just expected a larger exhibit. But, luckily my sister – who I lovingly refer to in these situations as Julie McCoy (the activity director from the popular TV series The Love Boat) – started rattling off ideas on what we could do to occupy the rest of our day since seeing the exhibit took ten minutes and my family doesn’t share my love of art, so staying at the museum wasn’t an option.
We ended up going across the park to the Academy of Sciences which my dad hadn’t seen since it reopened in 2008. My dad loves the sea, nature and the environment so it was cool to take him there, especially with his grandsons. So in hindsight having a little “chill” resulted in a fun day. If I had gone to the De Young to see the exhibit first, I would have nixed the trip.