This was the view upward at the @nationalbuildingmuseum Hive exhibit last weekend. And why on Earth would I bring one and four-year-old boys to an art museum? While it isn't about the outdoors or physical activity, it's a different form of adventure.
I want them to appreciate experiences that aren't tailored just for them as children. The world doesn't revolve around them. It's important for them to know parents have interests too.
At the same time, it's a fine art to learn how to enjoy something that isn't inherently interesting to you. Finding fun anywhere means that you're going to be a better friend and partner who is willing to try new things because the people you love enjoy them. That's why before we go to these places, I play up the things that they may like to get them excited. (In this case, it was makeshift, interactive musical instruments that were part of the art exhibit.) But more than anything else, I want them to appreciate beauty and art. Exposing them to art and music has nothing to do with being great artists. I love music but need a metronome to keep a beat after eight years of music lessons. No one in our family can draw worth a damn. But if they can appreciate those things, their life will be only the richer for it. The more beauty you can find and the more things you are open to appreciating, the more rich the tapestry of your life can be. And that is a wonderful gift I can give them. #art#nationalbuildingmuseum#hivedc#washingtondc#parenting#latergram
Was feeling a bit worried and scared last night about what's scheduled for today back home, so I decided to ride into DC for my first motorcycle meet-up. Met some great people, laughed a lot, and hit all the green lights through Old Town on my way home. It was just what I needed. 🖤 #latergram