Well, it’s now July and as I write, Veeka is rocking herself to sleep. Well, that’s what they do in orphanages and she’s kept up the habit here. Included are some photos shot of her one recent Sunday at a church playground. Last weekend, she and I drove to southern Maryland and just tootled around some of the historic sites there plus the big state park – Pt. Lookout – at the end of St. Mary’s County peninsula. Southern Maryland is where a lot of the post-Jamestown 17th century colonists ended up. It took nearly a century for folks to get as far east as the Shenandoah Valley that bisects Virginia. For several decades, they pretty much hugged the coastline.
Veeka is a pretty easy-to-please girl. Her likes: French fries, vegetables that are colorful and have interesting shapes (plum tomatoes, green beans), Trader Joe low-fat kitty cookies, ANY book or photo that shows a kitty in it, cheese, sausage, applesauce, tapioca (big yum-yum there), granola, rice, kiddie books, music with a beat to it, chips and salsa, baths (I have to fight her to get her to drain the water); in fact pools and lakes too, crayons, simple wooden puzzles and any playground. She likes going into Whole Foods and eating all the cheese samples.
Dislikes: Eggs, honeydew and water melon doesn’t go over well. She’s not much into dolls and she ignores TV (a good thing) but which means I have to entertain her more. She also doesn’t like it when people try to speak Russian to her. Hmmmm. She also doesn’t like missing her 1 p.m. nap time.
Her mom is busy producing articles in this slow Fourth of July week. Today I interviewed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a Hindu spiritual leader who told me all truth is relative depending on your point of view. I pointed out there are some absolutes; ie the white robe he wore was white, not any other color. And you’ve all heard the bromide about folks not believing in absolutes until they’re asked to jump off a clif. Anyway, July is busy work-wise which is why I do my best to collapse on the weekends. Can’t say I’ve found the time to read a book since I got back to the States, tho.
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