We're homeschooling even while in France, and so every night (okay, many nights) I have the kids pull out their journals and draw a picture of something from the day. Xavier has started adding written entries to go along with the pictures, but currently it's mostly visual journaling.
Tonight, Xavier asked me if I could show him how to draw Mona Lisa (which looms large in both the kids thoughts on France). I had my own sketchbook in front of me and without thinking I drew a 35-second version of Mona, explaining why I was drawing what I was drawing. "I'm going to paint her whatever colors I want to," he said after I finished.
"Great idea!" I replied. This seemed like such a fun idea that I immediately added splashes of unexpected colors to her.
"Actually, I'm going to paint another picture of the Eiffel Tower," he said. Great. I looked down and realized that I had this ridiculous painting in my own journal now. "Oh, well," I thought, "at least she's interesting. I can't take her out, so I might as well embrace her."
Luckily, India loves her. India has a small collection of Mona Lisa-inspired art work in her own journal (including, "Mona Lisa With Baby"; "Mona Lisa Getting Married"; and "Mona Lisa With Curlers in Her Hair the Night Before Her Wedding"). "Mona Lisa on Vacation" fits right in.
So I guess this Mona is actually a homage to India.