Wednesday, June 20, 2007

What Is Art?

The Rooster wasn't feeling well last weekend.

[Shocker.]

All she could do repeat a whiny noise that sounded something like, "eeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhhhh."

Having eaten far too many baby carrots to be in the presence of my family or any other human beings (pppfffffttt), I decided to take her out on a marathon stroller walk.

I figured I might as well get some exercise - and maybe digest a few carrots.

I told her we were going to the playground and plied her with raisins and goldfish.

After about an hour and a half we passed a modern sculpture on the local college campus.

Seeing it from afar, The Rooster asked,

"Is that the playground?"


[Amazing she still believed we were going!]


"No, Rooster. That's art."

"Art?" she asked.


I realized she didn't know that word.

I wondered how to explain it to her.

What is the 22 month old definition of art?

"Art is just for looking at, Rooster. It's a playground for your eyes."

"Oooooh," she said knowingly, and she seemed satisfied.


Modern Art

50 comments:

Veronica Mitchell said...

Great definition.

Biddy said...

that is a fantastic definition! i think i'll use that with the Jakester

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That was a good definition there!

Omaha Mama said...

Funny how sometimes those simple explanations work - and sometimes they don't (i.e. we're just going to go where life takes us). My favorite excuse for questions that I don't know how to answer, "It's for big people to know about".

Many, many words that I've come across - realizing Brenna did understand. * appropriate * smart * acceptable *heavenly...and so many more. Trying to explain such things is hard. It hurts my wee brain.

CamiKaos said...

what a wonderful explanation! It holds true for a 22 month old or a 99 year old.

Annie said...

I LOVE it! What a wise mom you are.

BOSSY said...

Enough culture, Bossy worries: Did you ever get the poor kid to the playground?

Alpha DogMa said...

"It's a playground for your eyes."
I dig you, cos you're deep.

JoeinVegas said...

Yes, "It's a playground for your eyes.", great description. And she fell for it, so you did bring here there.

King Isepik said...

I really like that definition. I'll quietly steal it now. I was never here...

Blog Antagonist said...

Oooooh. Good one. Sometimes I really suck at explaining things off the cuff. You rock.

Chaos Control said...

I'm so stealing that definition. Just so you know ...

mom2EmnRoo said...

Excellent answer, Obi-Mom Kenobi

WILLIAM said...

Just the letter "f" away from a playground for your nose.

Jodi said...
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Jodi said...

Actually, Art is a guy I used to have the major hots for. *sigh*

But I don't suppose that definition would work for everyone.

Mamma said...

Oooooh good description. It's amazing how brilliant you can be when faced with questions from your children.

Haley-O said...

Love your definition -- one of the HARDEST definitions out there!

Kyla said...

I am amazed by your mad word defining skills. ;)

Queen Heather said...

a playground for your eyes. HOw neat! You got the smarts real good! Hey, when the Heir asks me deep questions, can I consult you first for an answer?

carmachu said...

Simple answers always work the best with kids.

You should have let her play on teh sculpture. It would have gotten more use...

Hol&J said...

Love it.

Jen said...

I once attempted a much lamer version of your perfect definition...

Love it and will use it.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

cute!!! I love conversing with my kids. Today, my daughter asked me what "11 o'clock sharp" meant. And it was fairly difficult to explain it to her. The "Sharp" part that is.

jen said...

i love that. i've used playground for your ears to define the music we listen to. i like this one too.

mommiebear2 said...

Awesome definition!

Lotta said...

Indeed it is.

The Queen said...

Ingenious! That's a definition my young subjects should comprehend.

mothergoosemouse said...

Love that!

carrie said...

A playground for your eyes.

I love that.

So, did you ever make it to the real playground?

Carrie

tulipmom said...

Love your explanation.

Idioms are a big thing here lately. Today after multiple attempts to get Sweet Boy out the door, I mentioned we had "to hit the ground." Boy that sure got his ass out the door. Before I could blink, he was outside banging on the driveway!!

CakeHead said...

Awesome explanation! I'm tucking that one away to use sometime!

NotSoSage said...

Good call. As is Oh, The Joys. Lovely to see you again.

Mrs. Chicky said...

A playground for your eyes.

I like that.

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

Heh!

Cooks on the Coast said...

I need you on speed dial for when my kids ask those types of questions.

urban-urchin said...

perfect definition.

flutter said...

Sweet, fancy Moses you are badass.

WhyMommy said...

Perfect!

True, fanciful, and it makes me smile to think of it. Thanks!

canarygirl said...

Awesome. Seriously...a playground for your eyes. I love it! :)

Jenn said...

Awesome.

And without hesitating with the answer..bonus points.

Patience said...

A lot of art is no playground. It's simply weird.

Sayre said...

That may be the most elegant explanation ever!

Flo said...

Nice-that's a great definition! Although I did think of that truly tasteless joke about Art (along with Matt and Bob).

Gardener Greg said...

I think art is just someone trying to express themselves and someone else tryign to sell it, :)

EE said...

Love the definition!

The Sour Kraut said...

"playground for your eyes"...reminds me of that funny card that says "pigtails...they're like a party for your hair."

moosh in indy. said...

Can you now please explain artsy fartsy movies to this 25 year old as well as you described art to a two year old?

Peg said...

Excellent...just excellent!!

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

love that explanation. gonna steal it.