Dec. 26th, 2011

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It shouldn't have been unexpected, given that she is an absent-minded mathematician par excellence, but she plays the Asian Mrs. Bennet so well ...

We went to the Met, for her to do some Christmas shopping, and some general touristing fun. The Mom picked out a nice poster, and told me that since they were doing some sort of 3-for-2 deal, I should go ahead and pick out two posters for my apartment (where the walls are bare, and the floors are crowded). I picked out a nice park scene and a seaside scene, and my mom remarked that I picked exactly the same ones she would have. This would never have happened to the BYS, but evidently it does to me :)

Then there was the Museum proper, which was awesome. We spent a lot of time admiring the Islamic art section, particularly the Korans and the calligraphy, and it was hilarious to see her enjoying the Japanese storytelling exhibit, which are honestly just comics painted onto scrolls with Japanese calligraphy instead of printed text. They had lion headed multi-armed monsters, heroes, vengeful ghosts, etc. The modern Japanese clearly follow in the footsteps of their ancestors.

The Mom completely nerded out over the Ming Dynasty calligraphy and started giving me a guided tour complete with humorous commentary about the various calligraphic styles and motifs and mores of classical Chinese scholars. She didn't notice, but she had attracted an admiring audience of 4 or 5 other Chinese people who followed along behind us. And to think I'd mostly thought that I get my liking for making humorous commentary about history from my dad ....

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