Monday, May 19, 2008
To the Museum and Beyond
My boys love the Museum of Nature and Science. Around here it is the salve that can heal any mental malady, including the my-daddy-left-for-work-before-i-woke-up wound. Today Cooper actually took with him a picture of a spaceship that he had colored and gave it to one of the museum workers. (No prompting from me as I actually wanted to keep the picture because I could tell what it was without asking.)
Our first stop was lunch in the museum courtyard, which I believe my children like more than McDonald's. This is a miracle. Usually Cooper will beg and beg to "go to a restaurant". In Cooper speak this means he's not actually hungry, but bored and hoping to score a good toy. When we go places like this... chick-fil-a, mcd's, burger king, etc. ... he's always too distracted to eat and doesn't. I end up packing up the whole lunch/dinner and carting it home. Then about an hour after we get home both act really hungry and then have to eat cold, pureed-then-punched-into-a-new-shape chicken.
But if we go to the museum I usually take a lunch. It has much of the usual that you see at any lunch table, sandwiches, juiceboxes, yogurt, applesauce, jello, maybe a fresh fruit, and some snack/treat. No toys. No fancy wrappers. But, they eat it. I guess the halls of history and innovation make little brains hungry.
We spent four hours at the museum today. And we absolutely could not leave without space helmets. I should say, I just couldn't leave these helmets behind. Both of them walked around so proudly in them. I just had to have them.
PS -- Today was exactly the kind of day in which I was genuinely glad and felt edified in my recent decision to keep Coop at home (and not at preschool) until he's 4.