Before I got married, I had a roommate, who would occasionally go on business trips. One of her extended trips was to London, and her employer rented out a two bedroom flat for her. With permission from her employer, she asked me if I wanted to tag along since there was an extra room in her place. There was no need to twist my arm … my bags were packed in no time. I did the touring and exploring of the city on my own since she had to work during the day. I decided to set aside a day and boarded an early morning train to Paris, a dream come true for me. One day was not really enough, but I tried to make the most of it. I ended up spending most of my time at the Musee du Louvre, which surprised even me. I’m not an artsy person, but I lost myself from one part of the museum to the next. Of course, I couldn’t visit the famous museum without seeing the even more famous painting, Mona Lisa. On my way to see this well-known woman, I saw this guy …
That’s called “Studying the Masters”, my sister later told me. She’s the artsy one in the family.
One of my son’s few obsessions is the Mona Lisa (or “Mona Lisia” as he calls her). I told him I saw her in France a long time ago, and he was wide-eyed and asked if we could go there, not realizing it’s not quite that easy for us. Mona Lisa will just have to wait before meeting her number one fan. In the meantime, he has decided to do some “Studying the Masters” himself.
Special Note: I searched high and low at our local library for an age-appropriate book on the Mona Lisa, but I came up with nothing. Many thanks to Betty Jo at Still Learning Something New for recommending some children’s books on the Mona Lisa. Gabriel absolutely loves Steal Back the Mona Lisa!