Rain or Shine

It’s weird being the only one with kids in a room, but that’s what happened tonight when I took Asha and Arjun to the North Carolina Museum of Arts for their Friday evening live music series.  Usually I would think twice before taking both the kids by myself to such an event, but I had it with the rain and staying indoors all day; I had to get out.  So I put on my fancy pants and dressed Arjun in his bowtie onsie before picking up Asha from school.

The entire ride I was still wondering if this is a good idea, until, I saw that the parking spot closest to the front entrance was open in an otherwise packed parking lot – I mean come one; that never happens! Inside, the mood was festive and we were early enough to find a seat.  The Onyx Club Boys were playing tonight and I got to hear some of the familiar tunes from A Midnight in Paris among other things; they were truly really good!

Despite of having my hands full, all three of us enjoyed the evening a lot (except, I did wish a few times for a free hand for a glass of wine). Asha was quite literally the only kid in the entire place and I think people took notice and made sure to say hello when she was squirming between the chairs.  I felt a little out of place, but I got over that quickly once the music started.  All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.  I can’t wait to go again, this time with preferably more adults (or more kids).  Hope your weekend too had a great start!

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer based in Raleigh, NC. She writes about everything from travel, food, books, and family. Her current project includes a series of children's books to teach Hindi. She is a native Tar Heel who has also lived in Washington DC and Chicago.

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