FeedithNOLA: NOMA + baby a winning combination
- You’ll say amazingly pretentious things after your visit: "Edith's a fan of the Baroque period." and "She doesn't care for Impressionists." Translated: She likes bold colors, clear lines, and looking at pictures of babies (e.g. Jesus), and she didn't care as much for landscapes with blurry lines and muted tones.
- Your baby won't judge you: You know what I’m talking about. The unspoken pressure to say something profound: “His early work was strong, but this new work is merely derivative…” (?!) The step back from a painting, head tilt, and forced look of epiphany. The beads of sweat that form as you dig deep into your mental archives for something (anything!) from that single art history class you took in college … Your baby won’t care about any of that! Just smile at her and point out the other baby in the painting.
- You need a break from the baby stuff: I love Sandra Boyton as much as the next girl, but a grown woman can only take so much Little Pookie before going a little bonkers. As new parents, we spend A LOT of time immersed in our baby’s world. Take an afternoon to bring them into your world. (Or at least the world of your pseudo-intellectual-22-year-old-self.)
- You’ve been wanting to go anyway: When I was 22, I was determined to nurture my budding intellectualism and continue as a life-long learner after college. Unsurprisingly, life got in the way. Sure, I'd visit a museum when on vacation every once in a while, but the art museum two miles from my house went untouched for the better part of the decade. Maternity leave gave me the opportunity to reconnect to my former self while also embracing my new identity as a mother.
- It will remind you to slow down: Edith made no distinction between the 400-year-old painting on the wall, the skylights in the foyer, and the tree outside. Through her eyes, everything is beautiful. Make a point to see the world through your child's eyes, even if just for the afternoon.
Kim Frusciante is an educator, Tulane alumna, and new mom who loves all things New Orleans. Though she wishes she could claim to be a native New Orleanian, she will happily settle for raising one instead. Kim is passionate about enjoying the culture of our city with her daughter, Edith, and helping others to do the same with their little ones. Let Edith be your test-baby: Email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Kim (well, Edith…) on Instagram @feedithnola.