We visited the Van Gogh exhibit in Milwaukee during our summer vacation.
I hope to attend Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience again, but this time it will be alone. And, let me tell you why...
Family vacations aren't really vacations at all when you have young children.
They're not relaxing as one might believe a vacation to be. Yes, these vacations are fun and memorable, but they certainly aren't relaxing.
My daughter had me in tears of laughter when she stated, "Instead of calling this family fun day, we should call it family not fun day." I see a bit of myself in her, especially when she speaks her mind. Which is always.
Meanwhile, my son goes on to explain to me that the entire room is filled with art which is projected onto the walls.
I think he was expecting a traditional art exhibition even though I explained to him that this would be different. Just when I thought I'd heard it all, my son added, "The best piece of art on these walls is that exit sign." He is a clever one.
I've come to realize over the years that when we set realistic expectations and keep our family vacations more low key, everyone is happier.
I want my children to experience the arts, such as the Van Gogh exhibit, but I have to have realistic expectations because my children are very young. When we pay attention to the things that spark joy, we'll eventually discover where we belong. I'm confident they will appreciate this someday, just not today.
Needless to say, the children enjoyed the custard from Kopp's more than they enjoyed the Van Gogh exhibit at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. I thoroughly enjoyed the Van Gogh exhibit and look forward to returning again soon, but this time I'll be alone.
Thirteen years ago, I visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
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