Carl has to go to work early this week.
This is a good thing. It means i didn't have to leave him to sleep another hour in the chair after i came to clean his room. Instead i blasted him up that minute, let him take his morning meds, then chivvied him into the shower right away.
When he walked out of the shower, i put his clean apron on him over his work clothes and told him he was not allowed to take it off until he was ready to walk out the door.
|it was absolutely spotless when he put it on...|
His apron, after. Yes, it's his younger brother's barista apron from the coffee place he worked at when he was in college becoming a rocket scientist.
If you're thinking his parents, having a rocket scientist son working for NASA and a special needs son who pushes carts at the MallMart have a wildly varied life when it comes to relating to their two boys, you'd be right.
Anyway, Carl took the apron off and then went to brush his teeth, and i had to act fast. When i told him to leave it on until the moment he walked out the door, i meant it, but he gets distracted. Seeing him over at the sink brushing with no apron on, i rushed over with a towel and reached my hand to stretch the towel across his shirt front just as he spit.
It didn't land on his nice, clean work shirt, that's the main point. My hand is more easily washable, thankyouverymuch, and i figured it was all in the line of taking one for the team. After all, i'm a mom, a weird creature who asks small people to "spit it out" and then thanks those small people for expurgating something disgusting into my palm.
Parenthood ain't for sissies, and neither is taking care of Carl.
To get back to the subject of the Van Gogh Immersive Event this weekend, it was truly special. (Pictures were posted on Sunday, if anyone is interested.) The beginning is a timeline of his life, information about his world and his family, and reproductions of many of his most famous works. You can walk into the bedroom he painted, and see the three depictions he did of it, playing a guessing game to spot the four major differences between them, among other things.
The main part is a huge room where you are surrounded by his art projected onto the walls and floor. You sit and just soak it in, while music plays and his art swirls around you.
There's a gallery of his self-portraits, astounding to see lined up in chronological order. It made me wonder how much of the changes were the havoc time wreaks on most of us, and how much was his developing style.
In the coloring room, i got to pretend to be five years old again, sitting and coloring one of his works drawn on a coloring sheet and then it was projected on the wall. It's been a while since i sat and colored a sheet with oversize crayons, surrounded by children from as young as 4 all the way up to gray hair and canes. We were all children in there.
Our VIP part of the ticket allowed us to put on the virtual reality headsets for a tour through Arles. You can look around, up, down, almost even behind you and see the whole town rendered in 3D, from the fields of wheat with crows flying up from it all the way to laundry on clothes lines and watching the water with the lights reflecting on it. The technology is amazing.
If you ever do get the chance, please go, you won't be sorry.
Now for some funnies.
Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!
Birthday of Prince Joachim -- Denmark
Daniel Boone Day -- Kentucky, US (date in he first sighted, in 1767, what would become Kentucky)
Flag Day -- Peru
Journalist's Day -- Argentina (marking the first publication of a newspaper in Argentina on this day in 1810)
Judgements Day -- Fairy Calendar (Leaping songs)
National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Sette Giugno -- Malta (commemoration of the tragedy of June 7, 1919, considered their National Day)
St. Meriadoc's Day (Patron of the deaf and against deafness)
Union Dissolution Day -- Norway
VCR Day -- the first Sony Betamax went on sale today in 1975
Vestalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (multi-day festival for Vesta, goddess of the hearth, this first day termed the Vesta Asperit; through the 15th)
Vivien Kellems Memorial Day -- born this date in 1896, she fought the IRS and income tax for her whole life
Jimmy Osmond marries Michele Larson, 1991
YMCA is founded by George Williams, 1844
Michael Cera, 1988
Anna Kournikova, 1981
Larisa Oleynik, 1981
Bill Hader, 1978
Allen Iverson, 1975
Bear Grulls, 1974
Karl Urban, 1972
Roberto Alagna, 1963
Louise Erdrich, 1954
Liam Neeson, 1952
Orham Pamuk, 1952
Jenny Jones, 1946
Bill Kreutzmann, Jr, 1946
Tom Jones, 1940
John Napier Turner, 1929
Gwendolyn Brooks, 1917
Dean Martin, 1917
Jessica Tandy, 1909
Virginia Apgar, 1909
James Braddock, 1906
Paul Gauguin, 1848
"Johnny Cash Show"(TV), 1969
"The $64,000 Question"(TV), 1955
"The Seven Deadly Sins"(satirical ballet chanté), 1933
Today in History:
The first Crusaders begin their Siege of Jerusalem, 1099
Port Royal, Jamaica, is devastated by an earthquake, 1692
David Thompson reaches the mouth of the Saskatchewan River in Manitoba, 1800
Asian cholera reaches Quebec, brought by Irish immigrants, and kills about 6,000 people in Lower Canada, 1832
1,800 Fenian raiders are repelled back to the United States after they loot and plunder around Saint-Armand and Frelighsburg, Quebec, 1866
Tolbert Lanston receives patents for monotype typesetting machines, 1887
Norway's parliament dissolves its union with Sweden, 1905
Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder for sale to the public, 1975
Priscilla Presley opens Graceland to the public, 1982
Mt. Pinatubo erupts, sending an ash cloud 7km/14.3mi high, 1992
The United Nations defines the Blue Line as the border between Israel and Lebanon, 2000
According to a new study, breast milk boosts brain development by 30% compared to babies who are fed formula, 2013
The journal "Science" publishes studies that show the Mars Curiosity Rover has found organic matter, including methane, on Mars, 2018
According to the UN, more than 4 million Venezuelans have left their country since 2015 due to the economic crisis, 2019
Bdelloid rotifer multicellular organisms, frozen in Siberia for about 24,000 years, "come back to life" after being thawed by Russian scientists, 2021
The Economist Intelligence Unit names Aukland, New Zealand the world's most livable city, and Damascus, Syria, the least livable city, 2021