Weekend Note / 02.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekend notes are short-form POVs.


I visited the Met this summer with my six-year-old niece, who, on a ninety degree day, insisted on walking the fifteen blocks from the subway, skipping all the way. "Did you know," I said to her, "that people from all over the world travel to New York City to visit places like the Met? We're so lucky that we have the opportunity to go whenever we want to, even on a weekday afternoon." She held her pink metal water bottle with the tip of one finger, studying my face with serious eyes. After a moment's silence, she said: "Are you a grown-up? Or are you a kid?" Before I could answer, she was on to the next subject, chattering about zoo animals, and Central Park, and the various shades of purple she'd use to paint her new bedroom.  

Later, at the museum, she asked about mummies, medieval tapestries, armor: "how old are they?"

"Very old. So much older than you can imagine," I said.

"Older than you?" 

"Yes." 

I remember reading that Bjork once described herself as "half child, half ancient." I love that. I feel that way, too, sometimes. "I'm 29!" I said to my mom on the phone recently, dismayed. "You're only 29," she replied.

Back at the Met, my niece pointed at a gold and silver sword. "How old is that?" 

I looked at the placard. "It's about two hundred years old," I said. 

"Only two hundred years?"

I smiled. Nodded. "Yes, only."

Photo via my Instagram.

9 comments:

Traci said...

I loved reading this! My niece has been known to ask me if I'm a grownup too, and my family still makes fun of the time I paused to think about it in from of them. Haha!

burntfeather said...

kids are amazing I think that's why I want to hold onto any kid-like remains within myself, oh and I love Bjork's description! I read once someone describing their outfits as a cross between that of kid and a grandma and I thought that was super awesome :)

max said...

lovely.

Morgan said...

Beautiful.

Shoko said...

Fee, I love that :)

stateandoccupation.com said...

Oh, I love that description. Half child - half ancient. I'm an old soul, too. Your niece sounds so sweet!

xo! Dakota Barber

Amber said...

Love this.

Anonymous said...

So wonderful. Love the photo.

Francine said...

My little cousins asked me the same. I was happy and confused. I thought it was because i was single, and every other grown-ups were married. - and that made me really sad, actually, on that time. :(

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