Living in the Museum

museum (noun): a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored and exhibited

home (noun): the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household

Most days, these words are synonymous.

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6:37am; The setup.

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Delgado Museum of Separate Worlds; Cost: Loss of familial and loving feelings.

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7:34am; A sign of life before the museum opens.

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Within the hour, the main exhibit is clear of life. It will remain like this for the rest of the day. It is for him.

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A single flash of warm light. The kitchen is for all.

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Small, crowded, pops of color. His presence keeps it orderly and stainless.

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The secluded, cozy bedroom. The only room with painted walls and toys. The ceiling lights are rarely turned; natural light is favored.

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A warm light, items casually thrown about in a way only I understand. This room is for me.

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Clean, white walls, a cross, a dream-catcher, two small paintings. Her touch has barely affected this room.

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It resembles the first exhibit. It is shared but this room is for him.

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Crowded, messy, colorful. A space for work and a space for escape.

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Her life is pushed into this room. This room is for her.

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