(A marble theater mask that expresses perfectly how I felt by the long weekend’s end.)
I totally get now why all the rich people take holidays on the long MLK weekends; too much togetherness at home for three days straight takes its toll on the cortisol levels, especially when one’s husband is fussy. However, we did take a mini-leave on Sunday to visit the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Malibu Villa to remind ourselves what life what like for rich people in Antiquity, who preferred to move out near the sea during the summer months rather than take holidays over the winter’s weekends.
From the looks of things, everyone had enough personal space to relax a bit and unwind.
Our crew in action. I cannot get them all to look in one direction for a split section to save my life.
I am fascinated by ancient family life, so during my visit I searched for clues about how they sorted out tense weekends together.
To me it looks as though family life was always a bit of a struggle. The busts of all the men looked troubled; though, perhaps that is because they were always going to war and didn’t have much time to relax. Also, as far as I can tell, no one was ugly, so there is that.
I suppose women were second class citizens, but even so they worried about their reputations.
Personally I would have escaped to the reading room as often as I could. Though I wouldn’t necessarily know how to read because women weren’t educated. (If I couldn’t figure it out, I would just pretend.) Note to self: when the ship comes in add a reading room on the house.
On the way out, I spotted Hermes, the original minimalist runner. I think I’ll look into getting some wings for Boston, especially because training isn’t going terribly well and I could use the help.
I also spotted this statue which I won’t show to Charlie because I don’t want him to be frightened by the realities of non-domestic life.
Overall, getting the kids away from the house and out to one of the many museums this smoggy city has to offer was a huge stress reliever.
I think the kids must realize that these visits are going to be a part of life in our family and they are just going to have to get used to it.
Besides, at their age in Antiquity they would already be training for war and nearly half of their lives would be behind them.
Which makes learning about some columns and statues seem like a bit of a luxury and might even be enough to turn a theater mask frown upside down.
Off to draw up plans for the escape er “reading room….”