CONVERSATION WITH…The Graying Mona Lisa…Bravely expressing her inner feelings in her older age

Today I visited the “Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road Museum.” When I entered, the first thing I saw was the aging Mona Lisa hanging on the wall.  I was shocked to see her there!  So I had to ask…


Mona Lisa!  What are you doing here?  Aren’t you supposed to be in the Louvre in France?

MONA LISA: Yes.  But I had to get away from the Leonardo Di Vinci branding thing.  I mean, he was a great artist and all, but I’m getting older and I don’t want to be in his shadow till the end of time. The Mona Lisa painting was his creative vision, not mine.  My own creative voice is dying to speak.  I had to separate.

So, what’s your creative voice begging to blurt out?

MONA LISA: I’d love to tell the world the true, heartfelt reason I’m half smiling in my portrait.

Go for it.

MONA LISA: Well, years ago, on the morning Leonardo was painting my face, it was taking forever.  I sat for hours and hours and hours.  I was starving.   I soooo needed a lunch break.  So, I started thinking about all the awesome food I’d eat when we’d finally break for lunch.

Like what?

MONA LISA: Bread, meat, fish, potatoes, tomatoes, kidney beans, Indian corn, chocolate, peanuts, pineapples, red and green peppers, turkeys and tapioca!  And I’d wash it all down with a glass of wine.

Sounds good to me.

MONA LISA:  The thought of all that food made me start to smile!  But then!  I stopped myself!


MONA LISA: Because I knew if I ate that feast, I’d put on weight. Quite honestly, I have the worst metabolism in the world.  Whatever I eat, I wear. Immediately.  I was afraid if I sat down and posed for the rest of my portrait, my stomach would stick out to the moon.  Leonardo would have to repaint that section and he’d be furious!

I can imagine.

MONA LISA: So I stopped thinking of all that food and didn’t smile.   But a second later, I started thinking of the food again because I was so hungry! I smiled!  Then I stopped!  I smiled! I stopped!

Hence the half smile.  So what did you finally eat for lunch?

MONA LISA: Green peppers and tapioca. I tried to strike a balance.  But here’s the bottom line.  Now, as I’m much older, it seems like no matter what I eat, I put on weight.

I think for some of us, that’s a “new normal” that comes with aging.

MONA LISA:  Maybe. But  I’m hoping from now on, when people look at my portrait, they’ll relate to my ongoing struggle to stay at a healthy weight.  I hope they’ll remember who I am and what I stood for. And in some way….maybe I’ll inspire them as well.

Well…Mona… by bravely sharing your longtime feelings and letting your true self shine through, you’ve set a glowing example for ME.

Mona smiles





























18 thoughts on “CONVERSATION WITH…The Graying Mona Lisa…Bravely expressing her inner feelings in her older age

  1. Of course, I now can’t stop thinking about the song..Portrait of My Love:

    There could never be a portrait of my love
    For nobody could paint a dream
    You will never see a portrait of my love
    For miracles are never seen
    Anyone who sees her, soon forgets the Mona Lisa (but believe me…NO ONE WILL FORGET THIS AVANT-GARDE BRILLO LOOK–I’m so ahead in sporting this soon-to-be fashionable style)

    It would take I know, a Michelangelo
    And he would need the glow of dawn that paints the sky above
    To try and paint a portrait of my love
    It would take I know, a Michelangelo
    And he would need the glow of dawn that paints the sky above,
    To try and paint a portrait of my love
    Songwriters: Cyril Ornadel / Norman Newell


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