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Chagall’s Cows

When our son was a toddler many friends began fleeing Manhattan.  They couldn’t imagine raising a child amid all the dirt and crime.

“But think of the culture!”,    I’d say.

Noah at 5,  wide-eyed at the Met’s Arm & Armor exhibit.   And making Purim masks at the Jewish Museum,  and model dinosaurs at the Natural History.   And reading the night sky at the Planetarium,  and delighting when Red Grooms took over the Whitney.

But my sweetest memory of Noah’s museum-going childhood was at a Chagall exhibit at the Guggenheim when he looked up from his stroller to ask incredulously,   “Another cow who’s flying?”

RetroFlash 100 Words

Dana Susan Lehrman 

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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Tags: Museums, Marc Chagall, Art
Characterizations: funny


  1. Laurie Levy says:

    This is so beautiful, Dana. You captured a child’s perspective of the world in just 100 words. Brava!

  2. Suzy says:

    Great RetroFlash, Dana! I love Chagall, and I love this story! Sorry if Noah is tired of it – I’m glad you shared it with us!

  3. Betsy Pfau says:

    Delightful story, Dana and I agree, raising a child in the city offers invaluable opportunities for museum-going and introduction to culture.

  4. Marian says:

    What a sweet story, and there is nothing but truth in a child’s reaction.

  5. John Shutkin says:

    This is perfect, Dana. And reminds us of the beauty of a child’s mind, uncluttered by lofty and pretentious judgments. Or, as Groucho once more coarsely put it, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

  6. My wife began raising her first two (my adult stepchildren) in New York City and still raves about how wonderful it was. She will be pleased to see this paean to urban child-rearing. You packed a lot of imagery into a few words and the punchline is a keeper, even if its protagonist would like it to be released for good.

  7. Risa Nye says:

    He’s not wrong! Thanks for the laugh!

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