|Very serious face, enjoying very serious art at The Met|
The most important job I have as a parent is encouraging my child to become a citizen of the world. Our mini Upper East Side world consists of avoiding dog poop on the street, staying alert in massive crowds of people, dining out in a way that doesn't disturb other patrons (i.e. no toys or loud distractions at the table), and visiting an occasional museum without wreaking havoc. Before I became a mother I (naively) swore that my life wouldn't change; that I would simply incorporate my child into my life. Well, life changed A LOT but a lot has stayed the same because I trust Savvy to be part of it and have welcomed her into it. Take today for example:
The original plan was to see a marionette show in Central Park--SOLD OUT. Today was super rainy, so our secondary plan to go to the Great Lawn with some friends was nixed in favor of visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I thought the Temple of Dendur would be "toddler friendly" as it's pretty much a wide open space with massive artifacts that anyone can walk into and touch. Naturally, that space was closed for a private function...
So we left our strollers at coat check and let the elevator take us and our untethered toddlers to the top floor with no destination in mind. A lovely information desk worker (not at all judgmental) handed us a map and suggested an itinerary that the kids would enjoy - an Assyrian Palace, a room full of Buddhas, and a balcony with a view.
First stop was the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II. Say that 10 times fast. This Assyrian palace stood in what is now Iraq, so I'm crossing Iraq off our international staycation to-do list. This totally counts!
After walking through the Mesopotamian section, we came to an overlook and large hallways for Savvy and her boyfriends to explore:
|Our friends :)|
|Savvy reading about Chinese sculpture circa 500-600AD|
|MASSIVE piece. Makes you marvel at the artists' work and the restorers'.|
|Savvy lounging demurely. Of course the boys want to climb rather than perch.|
|So Savvy followed suit and tried to climb over as well. (No artwork was destroyed :-D)|
|Smooshed face, pressed up against the glass.|
|Penny for the fountain|
|Make a wish!|
|The face when I told her "no more money" after she threw 5 pennies into the fountain|
|Grump face was short-lived. This beautiful, calm, introspective face prevailed throughout our morning adventure.|
And if your kid is old enough to speak, listen carefully. On our way out after eating lunch, Savvy kept saying "bye bye mun-eh wada" over and over until I realized she was saying "bye bye money water". You say money water; I say wishing well. It's all good.