We are so fortunate to have a great museum so close by. I grew up not far from this museum and spent many a day here. It was free for Salem residents and still today it is free for them. I no longer live in Salem but I do support the Peabody Essex Museum and we take the boys there often. They have grown to love it as much as we do. Right now they are having an exhibit titled Play Time and we went yesterday and we had a great day. The boys played together and laughed a lot. It made me so happy that we can provide this for them. I look at it as sharing a piece of our own growing up. Of course, we took their Mom here also when she was a little girl.
"PlayTime is the first major thematic exhibition to survey the rapidly evolving role of play in contemporary art and culture. Nearly forty works by seventeen leading contemporary artists—including large-scale installations, sculpture, photographs, video and tactile interactives—examine how play catalyzes creative expression, enchants the ordinary, and helps us understand ourselves in new ways." I hope we can get back there one more time before the exhibit closes in May.
So once again the boys took us on an amazing adventure. There was so much more there to do than what I posted here. If you have a chance to see this exhibit at a museum near you, grab a few kids and go. They will show you how to have fun and laugh, even for a few hours. You know though, I thought about this after we left and for days going forward. All of us should play more. We putter around doing chores and we do daily life tasks. Ask yourself, when was the last time you played? Give it a try. Go ahead, reinvent the rules. There is more to life than being busy.
“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another—and ourselves.” ~Jack Kornfield
All of the photos in this post with taken with the I-phone 7 Plus.