This summer has been all about moving, sorting and settling. Part of why we moved to a house is to have enough space for Dzung's mom to live with us. In Charlotte, North Carolina, she packed up her stuff, gave away a lot of it, and sold the house she has lived in for almost 30 years. The plan is for her to have a home base here in Vancouver, with the freedom to spend chunks of time in the States with Dzung's sister and their extend family.
Just this Friday, her things arrived. It's been exciting to unpack everything and incorporate them into the house, but it's also been overwhelming. Although she gave away most of it, we still ended up with lots of things. Like for example, now we have 10 plates to specifically serve corn on the cob with, 6 ice cream goblets, a set of crystal tumblers, and enough decorative serving platters to throw a party for 50 people. We luckily to have acquired these household items so quickly after moving into our new home, but it's been a little heady going from only having 6 bowls to now having over 30 bowls in various sizes that all match.
Part of the acquisition are some framed art pieces. Dzung's parents avidly collected contemporary Vietnamese art. There was some debate about trying to keep the collection together, but we would have needed 3000 plus sq ft to house all the artwork. Instead, the collection has been split between family in St. Louis, Baltimore and here in Vancouver. Here are some of the pieces below:
So this is the infamous nude that displayed prominently in the formal living room at the house in Charlotte. I remember the first time I visited back in 2006, I saw the painting and thought, "Okay, they aren't your typical Asian family." Mom said that Ylan (Dzung's sister) always wanted the painting moved to a more private part of the house, especially when they had visiting Buddhist monastics at the house, but Dad never budged. Ylan definitely didn't want this piece when we were separating the collection. I actually really like it, but now that it's pshyically here, my inner prune has surfaced. We decided it would be best to have it in our bedroom, but I'm not sure. Where would you display a nude in your house or would you even buy a nude?