I had a day cram packed with errands, cleaning and laundry (so much so that it has spilled over into tomorrow's to-do list- UGH!). Anyway- the field trip had slipped my mind...that is until I picked the twins up from school. I was also picking up two other girls besides the twins...all of which were being kind of quiet and giggly.
I asked what was going on...Kwynnie handed me her free tour voucher for the museum. OH YA... the museum - "How was it?"
Then Kynna asks "Why are there so many nude sculptures? And why do they always emphasize the woman's chest?"
(me:) "Well, (digging deep into my mind for any helpful tidbits from my art history classes in college) the woman's form symbolizes life and motherhood. Both of which are honorable and beautiful. A woman's chest displays a mother's ability to feed her baby- to give nourishment and life. Artists like to display this respectfully in their pieces."
(Kynna:) "And why aren't there very many naked men sculptures and artwork?"
Becoming flustered and not entirely sure I should be the one explaining this to other people's children...I said the first thing I could think of..."Because men's parts aren't as appealing as women's." (stated very matter of factly)
(Kynna:) "So boy's parts are ugly?"
This is so not going how I wanted it to go...change the subject...change the subject...is that a bird?
(me:) "Pretty much. You'll understand when you're older. So do you have homework tonight? Avery, am I taking you home after the movie? Kynna- don't forget you'll be late going to school tomorrow you have a dentist appointment..."
I pretty much talked the rest of the commute. There was no way I was going have a conversation about the male nether regions with children other than my own. Could you imagine the phone calls?! Good grief!
I'm a pretty open mom- especially with my children. When we got home I explained that men are a little egotistical when it comes to those parts. They love them- its weird. And many artists don't want to offend by getting it wrong- so they choose not to portray them at all or opt to cover/obscure them. Its just easier that way.
They seemed to understand. And still no phone calls! :)