Friday, July 18, 2008
A Child's Interpretation of American Art
We have a wonderful book (from Grandpa and Gigi in Texas) of Norman Rockwell paintings set to the lyrics of "the Grand 'Ole Flag." We've been reading it quite a bit this summer. This morning when we got to this particular painting, Riley let me into his little three year old brain and the way he sees the world.
Riley: Look, mama...the girls. They're sad.
Me: I know. What do you think they are sad about?
Riley: They forgot their sand toys.
Me: They did?
Riley: Yeah, they did. They forgot them at home. All those girls are crying for their toys.
(We'll address the real issues of this incredible painting when Riley is able to understand....)