On Wednesday we went to an art museum.
We were supposed to go the day before, but some of us couldn’t find our shoes.
Do you ever have days like that?
So Wednesday it was and on Wednesday we went, to a museum across the river. (It’s rather hard to read the name of it, isn’t it? That’s so you can’t stalk me.)
I gave the kids the standard lecture before we got there. “Don’t touch the paintings. Don’t touch the sculptures. Don’t touch anything. Okay?”
My five-year-old’s thinking, “Well, that sounds fun.”
Sure enough, we had no sooner entered my favorite room and I was scaling the heights of aesthetic rapture when…
“Kind of interested, but mainly bored.”
“Okay, really really bored.”
You know that scene in It’s a Wonderful Life when the old guy on the porch complains, “Ah, youth is wasted on the young!”?
Well, the same goes for great art and most 5-year-olds.
Not that I blame them.
Looking but not touching is definitely a learned art.
Still, there were many small magical moments and a couple of great big ones, like when the kids encountered The Carpet Merchant (pictured above). We have a framed print of it hanging in our dining room, so to see the original up close like that…
Well, I don’t think they’d ever thought that there was an original.
But, of course, there is.
There almost always is.
We ended our day in the best possible way, with a visit to the new exhibit. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos of The Louvre and the Masterpiece because A. They wouldn’t let me, and B. I didn’t want to.
It’s a cozy exhibit—just three small rooms—but for me, it was quite magical. They had a Da Vinci there, my friend! They had a Michelangelo! Call me an art geek and I’d agree, but I get giddy in the presence of the Masters.
If you have a chance to see this exhibition, take it. If not, pick a different gallery!
It’s worth the effort to see great art up close.
Happy Friday, everyone! Give the kids a hug for me.
Ed. Note: That last photo was taken during recess outside the museum, where fresh air and breakfast bars proved crucial to the success of this operation.