Trouble @ The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Donna and John discussed visiting The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art a dozen times. Donna fondly remembers checking out an Eric Carle book from her public library circa 1972. (Interesting fact: It was first published in 1969.) We visited the museum’s website to get its address. We discovered it is closed on Mondays. Eek! Our visions of visiting it were destroyed. Trying to remain extra -positive we thought:“No worries. There’s always Emily Dickinson.” We would stop by the Eric Carle Museum to see it from the outside and then head over to her house.

The next morning (or afternoon by the time we made it there) we went to the Eric Carle Museum and wished it were like the Orange Show or Museum of the American Sign where we were fortunate enough to be admitted even though they were closed. Unfortunately it was not. We walked around, peered in the windows, got our picture taken by the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and shot a video.
We found ourselves standing on Emily’s porch, wondering where all the other visitors were hiding. There must be more people who memorized Emily’s wonderful poem:

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us?
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!

Moral of this story: Don’t visit Amherst on Monday. Meh!

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