Friday, September 4, 2009
Filled up with a Feeling
At the dinner table yesterday, Hedgie was telling Sarge about our afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art.
Hedgie: We had lunch in the cafeteria, and I had the children's meal, a peanut butter banana and nutella panini and apple slices. There was just the right amount of nutella so that it oozed out the sides but not too much. And there were three slices of apple, and they were very crisp and sweet. They really know what children like. And we saw an exhibit called "Waste Not."
(We described the exhibit to Sarge and then Hedgie was silent)
Hedgie: Mama cried from it, while we were walking through. It's so embarrassing when you guys cry like that! Like how you cried, daddy, when you showed me that part of "Diva" with the opera singer.
Sarge: Do you know why grown-ups cry like that, Hedgie?
Sarge: It's because we're filled up with a feeling we have--
Hedgie: and you have to let it out?
Sarge: Well, no, it just has to come out, even if we try to hold it in. Like laughter, it's the same thing. Sometimes it comes out as crying, sometimes as laughing. Just two different sides of a feeling that has to come out.
Hedgie: Why do you have the feeling?
Sarge: I don't know. Sometimes with a song or a piece of art, maybe it reminds us of another time or place, or a person who isn't with us anymore...
Hedgie: I guess I can understand that. But it's still embarrassing.
Filled up with a feeling--I so often am. I long ago gave up trying to hide honest tears from Hedgehog. I couldn't anyway, as Sarge says--sometimes it just has to come out.
here's the art that made me cry: "Waste Not" by Song Dong; also an explanation of the installation on the MOMA site.