This statement intrigues me.. i've traveled to a number of developing countries and find trouble in the meaning of 'provincial'. From a worldly perspective, I see a unique sense of sophistication in these so called provincial areas. Better opt, travel with your kids!
i appreciate this quote. i've planned for a while now that when i have kids i'm going to do that. i won't paint it though, urban outfitters has wall murals. but regardless i'm so glad to see this quote, makes me feel like i have a good plan!
oh please putting shit on the wall will not make ur kid anymore cultured than if you dont get them to experience it. Why not teach the child different foods, songs and art, as well as, allow them to befriend others from different races. Its up to the parents interaction with the child and the environment…not simply putting something up on the wall and expect them to 'get it'.
I was just thinking about time hanging a world map in my 7 year-olds room, to spark her curiosity about the world. I'm thinking of making a game of having her choose a country every week and researching it, eating at restaurants that serve its food, etc. Thank God I live in NYC.
It's really perplexing that while encouraging a world view, this was restricted to only half of the population!! Is this a direct quote from Ms. Vreeland? I don't know whether I'd feel better or worse if it was …
This statement is interesting. I'm not sure what it means. It seems to be to imply that a 'local' manner is less desirable than, say, a 'global' (more sophisticated) one? Since when did 'provincial' become so pejorative? I come from a very rural province and have never been privileged, financially or otherwise. I doubt a map on a wall would give me some sort of broad-mindedness. Moreover, I doubt that travel (virtual or otherwise) gives many people an ability to appreciate other people, where they come from, and their many diverse ways of living. Some of the most narrow-minded people I know have been great travellers. I feel I'm able to relate to many people from many backgrounds despite my 'provincial' background, accent and mannerisms. Screw the map – just see the beauty in everyone from everywhere.
Very true! When I was 8, a family friend who lived in Sydney (Australia) came to visit us and gave me a globe as present. I've become curious about the world since. We lived in Shanghai (China) in the 80s and didn't have the liberty to travel abroad as urban Chinese do today, but my parents always had calendars of world destinations on our walls, which further nurtured my curiosity. At 18, I moved to the US by myself. On the day of departure, my mother tried very hard to hold back her tears. But my eyes were dry and my heart was filled with excitement and anticipation. Was it awful? Well, maps do give kids ideas :)
Very true. When I was six, my parents took my sisters and brother and me to Europe, and again when I was 12 and 15. This was on a prop plane that had to land in Greenland to refuel. Travel was not common then as it is now, but I remember clearly the different foods, cultures, the railroad stations in England! It broadened my outlook and gave me a fantastic thirst for travel all of my life.
I think that it is the idea and the spirit of the statement, moreso than the literal interpretation of it, that makes it so striking and realistic.
The idea behind it is that your child will see, on a daily basis, the other areas of the world and, in turn, hopefully, be inspired to want to learn more about the culture abroad, and travel out to experience the world.
Although I am not certain if my mother knew of this quote exactly, the idea and essence of this was certainly expressed by her to me, by way of showing me new things, introducing me to a vast array of reading material and, when her finances permitted, taking myself and my younger brother on trips, first within the US and then, as we became of age, outside of the United States borders.
Don't be so literal, some of you. Embrace the spirit and idea of the statement!
my mother brought home a globe for me when i was four. to this day i remember "playing" with it for hours. i would spin the globe and while it was whirling i would close my eyes, point my finger and place it on the globe to slow its spinning. as soon as it stopped i would open my eyes and see where it landed. my mother would play this game often with me, telling me stories about all these far off places. for as long as i can remember i have been obsessed with travelling, learning about other cultures and experiencing things that are outside my "personal world."
not only was a great at geography growing up, but the desire to live and learn outside of my comfort zone has really driven me to interesting places in my life (both physically and intellectually)… and i'm only 21! i can't imagine where the next 21 years of my life will take me and i can't wait!
-and i don't think i would be who i am or where i am if it wasn't for my mother and her globe-
I think this idea is playful and fun, sort of along the lines of Sark… but I strongly support the idea of being less provincial… not in terms of inherited customs, traditions, and most especially, clothes and food, which adds beauty and richness to the world, but in terms of being unaware/intolerant of of the ways of other communities