Sep 19, 2017 Finding our connection in Milan
It has been fun discovering what kids care about on this adventure. It is rarely things -outside of candy- most of the time it is centered around life. Whether it is plants, animals, nature, or talking with strangers. For them it is all about living and interacting with other living things; it’s about finding a connection to life. I was reminded of this when we went to the Milan Cathedral. I got the boys to focus on the grand church for a good five minutes before they both said, “we want to go play with the pigeons!” So, that’s what we did for the next hour.
I also checked off a bucket list item here. I saw Leonard da’Vinci’s Last Supper painting. I cut out a picture of this painting and put it on my dream board 7 years ago and wrote MUST SEE on it. I love what art communicates about a past culture or community. Sometimes the past and present can come together in a perfect moment and you see something for what it is. I could feel his thoughts. I could imagine his process as he checked perspective from the back of the room and slowly worked this painting to life. I realize people who know the rules break the rules. They risk being seen. That’s ‘creating’ at its best.
To be an artist is to believe in life. I realize that same statement also defines what it is to be a child. In Milan I found my connection to art, the streets, and life.