LA & M Spells…

Published Date: April 7th, 2011
Category: Weekly Thought

The interesting thing about living down the road from the Leather Archives & Museum (LA & M), is that your 6-year-old son will eventually want to go there. Because really—what isn’t interesting about leather?

Unfortunately, this museum is not so much ABOUT leather, but about the LEATHER SUBCULTURE, i.e., “leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices” (according to the TOTALLY factual and legitimate Wikipedia article I read on the museum).

So I’m thinking this might not be a museum I suggest for the next kindergarten field trip. Considering I needed to sign away my life just to go to the museum’s website, I can’t even imagine how a permission slip would even be worded for this one.

And don’t get me wrong—I support the leather subculture. I’ve been to IML (International Male Leather, for those of you who CLEARLY do not support the leather subculture) and have made small talk during cocktail hour with a bunch of heavily bearded, lovely men wearing leather chaps. And ONLY wearing leather chaps.

I’m just saying that a day at the LA & M might not be appropriate for a 6-year-old. Regardless, he really wants to go. How do I know? Because lucky us—the kid has now learned how to read signs.

As we were driving home the other night, G loudly asked:  

“L…A…M….What does that spell? LAM? What’s LAM? Is that a restaurant? A museum? I wanna go.”

Silence from the front seat. John and I don’t know what to say. Quick John finally responds with:

“It’s a club.”

G: “A club? What kind of club? Can kids go?”

John and Serena LOUDLY in unison: “NO! It’s a club only for adults.”

G: “Well, have you been there? What’s it like? I remember we sat on the steps once.”

We sat on the steps? Why were we sitting on the steps at the Leather  Archives & Museum?!!

Serena: “No, we haven’t been there. We’ll let you know when we do.”

And then John quickly asked G which Michael Jackson song he wanted to listen to for the rest of the way home.

So the good news is that we have a curious, information-seeking child who likes to go to new museums. The bad news is that this one happens to be in walking distance to our house and that you have to be 18 to enter…

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