I think it’s important that my kids are exposed to as many things as possible while their minds are still open to change and curious about everything and, at the same time, in it’s prime state of absorbing lots of information. I also believe that art is extremely important.
I try to respect the idea (generally from people without kids) that not every environment is meant for children. Maybe a fine arts museum isn’t the best place for toddlers. Maybe all the adults there are looking at me sideways for interrupting their experience with my kid’s exclamations of “Ewwww, mommy! Why is she nakey?!” I get that.
That’s why The Orange Show art installation is probably the best (and most random) thing I’ve ever stumbled across. And kuddos to Houston for being as weird and as random as it can be!
I found this place by accident. Solid gold. My mom had come in town and we were exploring a new park that is located in the middle of an old neighborhood about 20 minutes from our house. We live in the subs and I have found that the parks inside the loop have more to offer in terms of the kinds of playground equipment provided. A swing set and slide is always nice but rock walls and foam pits are also nice, right?
Anyways, we parked outside of the neighborhood and started to walk to the park when we passed this undeniably weird building structure. I told my mom that once we left the park, we just had to go check it out. I didn’t even know what it was at that point. There are no signs but I knew no one could possibly be living there.
We found the entrance and walked to find a young man hanging out with his laptop and headphones in. I asked him what the deal was with the place and he explained that the building was an art installation called The Orange Show Monument; It was built single handedly from 1956 until its completion in 1979, by the late Jefferson Davis McKissack, a Houston postal worker. WHAT?! We paid the entry fee and went exploring. The kids had so much fun and I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t equally excited to explore the area.
Today’s wanderlust? Quenched.
Until next time,
I have found that becoming a mother made me mindful of the local economy. I didn’t say more mindful because, well, I don’t know that I thought about it at all before becoming a mother. It’s kind of funny in a way. Children, in all their innocence and fearlessness, make you look a little more closely at the world you (and they) are actually living in.
For me, that showed up in my lifestyle in multiple forms. Like supporting local small business markets! The kids love it because I tend to give them a little more room to move around and I love it because they are rarely super packed (a good and bad thing!) so I get to let my kids roam a little more freely.
It’s also really cool to hear the different vendor’s stories; how they came in to business, what inspired them, where they come from, how they make their goods. Most of them are working out of their homes on a one or two-man (or woman) team. Small business it its literal sense.
Gotta love it.
Eating at these markets is great because everything is fresh and made from scratch so I don’t have to worry about any yucky chemicals or junk. Clean eating is also a new journey for me…I am far far faaar from the finish line. I still enjoy a random trip to get french fries and a biscuit from Popeyes but I am working on it. Anyways, I’m always proud of myself when I have success like eating yummy and healthy treats with the kids.
Another plus in visiting these markets is there is almost always vendors from other parts of the world– people who live in America and visit their home lands and bring back beautiful textiles and other creations. I also love exposing my kids to people who don’t look or sound like they do; letting them hear their stories and soak it all in in other ways than buying something. (Even though we did buy that adorable hand-made purse. Dang it!)
After all, I believe that ignorance cannot stand against exposure. <3
The weather is bearable here in Texas but, man, let me tell you, I am too ready for some fall weather. Then, we will really be hitting the streets.
Until next time,