We stopped at a bookstore, where Betsy giddily nabbed the Complete Novels of Jane Austen:
Anne found a Sherlock Holmes book she'd been looking for (can't remember which one), Ramona snagged her own copy of Frindle (a longtime favorite around here), and I found a copy of an Eleanor Estes book, The Hundred Dresses, that I somehow missed all these years.
Whew, what a relief that we found books to buy -- you know, because, ummm, we just got rid of eleven grocery sacks full of them. Can't actually let enough space materialize for all the books we own, can we?
We went to the zoo:
|Atticus and Ramona in the jungle|
And while Atticus dropped in on a Civil War book discussion group, the rest of us took in an exhibition, Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color, at our favorite art museum.
Too many incredible paintings to name, but one that particularly captured the girls' attention was Morisot's Peasant Girl Among Tulips:
And Gaston La Touche's Joyous Festival:
So much beauty in one building ... it overwhelms me sometimes, and breaks my heart, and makes me laugh like an idiot. Wow, God ... You really knew what You were doing when You created beauty.
Funny note: Atticus realized, while we were at the bookstore for his discussion group, that all three of his daughters were wearing book-themed t-shirts. Anne was wearing her Gryffindor shirt, Ramona sported Little House gear from our time at Rocky Ridge, and Betsy was wearing her recent birthday present:
All in all, a lovely, bookish, celebratory, zoo-ey, artsy, gabby, weekend.