Grandmother Karletta Moniz, who long ago made a sweet name for herself, is a gourmet with a specialty that, beginning with ancient Mexico, took the world by storm. It is a favorite gift, a way of life, a flavoring and apparently a very addictive substance. Ask any chocoholic. Karletta, with her gift of raising a cultural enthusiasm to a high art, is not only a well-educated connoisseur but a teacher with a passion for sharing knowledge.
Well, she has done it again. She has turned another fascination into an opportunity for elegant and elevated diversion and shared wisdom. She is the grandmother of a beautiful little girl. But it is Kareltta we are talking about so you car rest assured she is not just a grandmother, a grand enough gift in its own right, but a grandmother with a specialty. What specialty could that possibly be? Good question. Answer? An urbane grandmother; worldly, sophisticated, cultivated, smooth. Grandmère more than granny, although with pointers from Kareltta, any nana can be a grande dame.
Kareltta has created a world of what to do with your grandchildren in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is a collection of cultural options to be shared with grandchildren, or any children for that matter. It is a way of sharing private and unique moments with our little ones. Urbane grandmotherhood teaches cultural history, the joys of familiarity with one’s own territory, and builds vivid and location-specific memories to last a lifetime.
Karletta’s own life is filled with exquisitely detailed recollections tied to long-gone venues and formalities, all of them fixed permanently in Karletta’s heart and mind. Hearing her talk about those memories is a powerful walk down memory lane that might well be familiar in spirit whether or not your youth was spent here in the glory days of Blum’s on Union Square. To listen to Karletta talk about the joys of sharing time in remarkable corners of San Francisco and surroundings is a lesson on living well. She is a woman of extreme charm, wit, grace and enthusiasm, and whether talking about how to choose the best chocolate or being a grandmother, she makes it clear that the extraordinary can be easily yours every day.
The bonus here is twofold; you can share these activities with any children in your life and your own life will be made richer for knowing what Karletta knows. Not only am I reading Karletta’s suggestions for intriguing places to go with children, but, having become sensitive to this whole issue of being an urbane grandmother, I noticing places on my own.
And in tribute to the intersection of Karletta’s worlds, I am remembering to stash a chocolate bar in my purse to share with any child in my care at the next newly discovered San Francisco treasure-spot.
From me to you with love in the air,
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