First an update on the day before this… We had Sadie’s friend Rachel over to the house to play yesterday. Due to my camera being completely and totally, not an ounce of battery left dead, I have no pictures. This was our first experience with exclusion for either of the children. Sadie and Rachel had a lovely day but Elijah really did not (and it has been recounted frequently since). It is very difficult to have one child be so happy and in her glory doing all the things she likes to do and try to comfort the other who is excluded from the play or is trying endlessly to get them to play with him doing something he wants to do. I think we learned a lesson here and it would be that more careful consideration needs to be paid to the interests of the children playing and their surroundings. Had we been at a park, pool, or otherwise, I can say with fair certainty that issues would not have arisen. Had we had a friend over for Elijah as well, likewise. Just as I choose my social situations, so should the children have the same courtesy. And, yes, we will all live…and learn!
—————————-Now on to the museum!————————————–
‘What do we do? Is there an instructor? What are we making?’ I heard this question (in stressful tones) from at least 3 mothers and a Girls, Inc. leader while standing in the children’s area at the DMoA at the craft table. Please note- there were several kids already there going hog-wild on the supplies and this questioning and stress continued even after being told by those there and staff that this was for making whatever you want! One of the mothers kept telling her boys to wait and asking whoever would listen what to do. “They know what to do,” I said, pointing to her boys. And they did!
Here’s how it works: they set out a random selection of cloth, tape, feathers, twist ties, gold paper, or whatever else. Visitors come and use their imaginations to create art/sculpture/whatever their hearts desire. It saddened me to hear so may adults questioning/fearing curiosity, ingenuity, and creativity (and worse- instilling it in their kids).
Sadie made this art- a pull tie wrapped in gold foil and tied with raffia.
Elijah made a little bird.
Some drawing ensued.
And stacking which led to building.
After sufficiently checking out everything in the children’s area, we had lunch in the sculpture garden and then proceeded to check out the Asia, Africa, and Pacific Islands sections. I didn’t know the policy on photos so I only have this one of Sadie watching a short piece on African art (I don’t know much else about it- she had headphones on 🙂 They loved checking out each piece while we discussed what each one was used for and the materials from which they were made- i.e. daggers/sheaths, ornate jewelry, swords, hats, statues, etc. We had a short discussion on the origins of ivory, endangering species, and poaching after seeing some tusk carvings.
Sadie insisted that we take the long way back to the car so that we could see this mural up close. Gorgeous! A hot walk back to the car yielded this revelation:
“Look Mama! That building is taller than Daddy!” I can’t argue with that.
A day like this calls for a nap on the stairs.