The Most Awe Inspiring Moment

How do you narrow down THE most inspiring moment of the last 5 years?  There have been many, many moments.  Everyday, I am in awe when I watch my kids and the courage they have.  I was really inspired sending Spencer off on his mission to dedicate two solid years to serving God.  I was in awe as I sat by the bedside of some very special people as they left this life and headed back to Heaven.  Meeting Mickey Mouse on Sam's wish at Give Kids The World, left me speechless and listening to a CD my daughter recorded on her wish still gives me goosebumps!

But, there is one awe inspiring moment that I may never experience again and that is the one I will write about today.

The place was the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  We were there for Spencer's Wish trip from Make a Wish.  There is nothing in the world like the smell of creativity!  The sight of every imaginable color contrasting the creamy white walls and crisp white light is second to none.  It's a place of passion, perseverance, imagination and inspiration!  It's my favorite place to be!

Around every corner was a feast for my eyes...another chance to gasp at the beauty of the Masters but one corner took my breath away!

It was probably the only time I can say that what was lurking behind that corner was something astounding and terrific.  We walked into a large hall, the floor patterned in parquet wood, the walls flanked with pieces of near perfection.  Large partitions stood at attention in the center of the room.  Around one such divider stood throngs of people; gazing and gawking.  I walked with intrigue to see what treasure I too would stumble upon, and as I peered around the corner to catch an early glimpse, there before my eyes hung an original Van Gogh! Starry Night!! One of my favorite pieces of his.

I could not believe it!  I think my heart skipped a beat or two.  I imagined what it could have been like if Vincent himself had of been there.  All of a sudden, everything I had read and studied about this man became real! It all came together, every facet of his amazing life!  He has one of the richest, most intriguing lives I have come across.  His life was nothing short of struggle and torment with few, quiet little victories, hardly noticed by anyone around him.

I have had this odd intrigue for Vincent Van Gogh for about 12 years!  I have studied his life and the book Lust for Life, that was a biography of his life, is in my top ten list of the best books I've read.  I have read that book three times.  When I took a Psychology class down at a nearby technical school, I had to write a paper on a mental illness and analyze the life of someone with a mental illness.  I chose Vincent Van Gogh.  It was a lengthy paper and included so much research. Even after the paper was complete and the grade returned, I continued to explore the world of Van Gogh.  Each one of his paintings is a direct reflection of his mental illness and by looking at the colors he used, you can tell what his mental state was, the deficiencies in his life and his joys. To compare what was happening in his life when each painting was completed is an incredible journey.  I love Van Gogh.

To see an original painting, not a photo copied version I hijacked from the internet, was truly amazing.  It was one of those jaw dropping moments for me.  I didn't want to leave that museum.  Every wall held a treasure; Monet, Manet, Picasso, Klimt and Munch.  Their art and chosen medium holds so many secrets and meanings to their struggling lives as artists.  I could feel their spirits lingering in those halls!

Visiting this museum was an amazing moment I may never experience again!


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