October 20, 2021

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“How do you solve a dilemma like Maria?” You you should not and when Maria is Julie Andrews you thank God just about every time she opens her mouth and sings in her classically trained soprano. If Maria is a trouble, she’s a issue really worth listening to.

Final Saturday we attended the Sing-A-Prolonged “Audio of Music” at the Hollywood Bowl. Maybe a singalong doesn’t perform every year but this is a different time simply because old-fashioned, corny and heartwarming seem like signposts on the highway to therapeutic.

The present would make even extra feeling when you toss in a newly minted 5-year-old woman. Not only has Nora turned 5 this year but with her mother and grandmother’s support, she discovered “The Audio of Music,” alongside with “Mary Poppins.” Very good tunes issues.

We made a decision early on (Sue prompt it and I correctly agreed) that we would be the form of grandparents that would favor encounters in excess of offers when it came to Xmas and birthdays.

A prepare vacation from San Diego to San Clemente for an right away stay with Andrew, a fancy afternoon tea with Lillian, and, in this scenario, the Hollywood Bowl with Nora, could make an effect and generate recollections for us as perfectly as for them.

Fairly than parking future to the Hollywood Bowl, we stayed at a Courtyard Marriott in Pasadena and took a 25-moment shuttle journey to the Bowl from a parking composition down the avenue from the impressive Pasadena Metropolis Corridor.

We checked into the lodge and transformed for the exhibit. Nora built sure she had “options” that provided a black costume, a white dress and some other sort of costume. She deemed the denims and small-sleeved inexperienced shirt I had brought as also everyday for the occasion. The good news is I had also packed a blue extended-sleeved Oxford cloth shirt and a pair of dim blue slacks.

Who wants a style guide when you have a 5-12 months-outdated granddaughter? She gave an approving nod to her grandmother’s new eco-friendly costume, which was very good for the reason that I’m not positive she had options.

Right before boarding the bus, Nora identified the joys of the lodge snack shop. For her treat, she selected Skittles and I purchased Combos — cheddar cheese-stuffed baked pretzels that I had to control on the shuttle journey to the Hollywood Bowl. I just about spilled the bag when we drove by Forest Lawn.

So as not to go 15 minutes without the need of consuming, when we arrived and discovered our seats, we began our picnic. Nora’s integrated a tiny dish of butter, a small jar of raspberry jam, sliced French bread and a thermos of tea so she could have “tea with jam and bread.” Enthralled with her picnic, she knocked in excess of my plastic wine glass of syrah and splattered it on my fantastic blue shirt. I considered about having mad but how can you get mad at a 5-calendar year-previous who is ingesting tea with her bread and jam singing “Edelweiss”?

At intermission, I saw a pair of nuns heading into the rest room and I puzzled what they were being executing there, not that nuns couldn’t arrive to a singalong until eventually I realized they had been in costume, alongside with family members clad in lederhosen and a couple carried guitars channeling the scene when Maria showed up as the nanny at her new employer with a guitar slung in excess of her shoulder.

I assumed more folks would have sung alongside with the tunes, but it’s possible that’s the issue with Maria. No one can sing as perfectly as Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp family didn’t slide off the singing truck possibly.

Nora worn out, rallied (buoyed by the restorative jam and bread) and produced it to the finish of the exhibit at 11 p.m. She walked down the hill to the shuttle and then slept all the way to Pasadena.

We obtained to mattress at midnight and the future early morning walked to Russell’s for breakfast. Nora experienced chocolate chip pancakes, I experienced corned beef hash and Sue requested a croque madame. What a enjoyment. What a restaurant.

The whole journey was 24 hours. Most young ones are pleasant when you get them away from their dad and mom. Mom and dad are a drag. I know, I was just one.

I’m not positive what Nora will choose away from the night but we will recall that the Hollywood Hills were being alive with the audio of audio. She was delighted also. Tea with jam and bread will do that.

Herb Benham is a columnist for The Bakersfield Californian and can be reached at [email protected] or 661-395-7279.