As I'm sure many of you know, I homeschool my youngest son. While it's not hard, it's not easy either and some days I definitely enjoy more than others. Today I took my son to The Leonardo in Salt Lake City to see the Body Worlds exhibit. We missed it the last time it was in town and I was so happy to grab tickets this time. It was honestly the most amazing thing I have ever seen. If the exhibit comes to your town I highly recommend going. Not only to see the unique anatomical displays, who were once walking talking people who donated their bodies to science, but also to appreciate the people that created the display. They are true artists.
We were able to see inside the human body in a way that we never have before. This went so far beyond a simple skeleton. We saw the entire nervous system, somehow extracted from a donor, standing on display by itself. That troublesome sciatic that's always giving me grief...we were able to see what it looks like. When you think of nerves you think small. But the sciatic is the width of a pencil! No wonder when it hurts it REALLY hurts! We also saw the entire vascular system and it was jaw dropping. Everything in that exhibit was jaw dropping. Days like this are often just as fun for me as for the student taking the field trip. And I think my son gets more out of it. Instead of going with a noisy class of thirty, it was just me and him. We could take our time and whisper between each other, teaching and learning. Also, given the nature of the exhibit, it just happened to be the perfect blend of Halloween and in depth anatomy.