I love visiting museums. To view art, learn about history, to open my mind to different possibilities and imaginations, and to see the world through the eyes and mind of other people is a great experience. Whenever I could, I frequented museums. Of course COVID made that pastime non-existent for a time in 2020. In the meantime, I did make time to do virtual museum visits.

Last Thursday was the first time in a long while I took an in-person museum trip (actually it was to a science center). On January 21, my daughters and I visited the Orlando Science Center to see “Pompeii: The Immortal City.” It was surreal to see artifacts from the excavation site and replicas of casts of the bodies petrified in lava. It’s mind blowing and tragic to know that this happened at all to a city.

I’m happy my family and I got to see this exhibit before my older daughter returned to college the next day and before this exhibit finished on January 24, 2021. Visit my Instagram page to see the pictures.

Not done with my fascination of Pompeii, I spent a little time researching it online and kept a file of notes and articles in my Evernote. Pompeii could serve as a background for maybe a future novel or just a long short story — who knows? Pro tip: Reading isn’t the only way to stimulate your creativity. You can go to a museum or engage in some other activity to accomplish this!

Before January is over, I’m bringing my toddler to the Orlando Museum of Art. We’re not visiting any specific exhibit there. My girl has developed a good understanding of colors and shapes, so she’ll have fun identifying them at the museum. Immerse children in culture and knowledge. Start them young!

Teresa Edmond-Sargeant is an award-winning journalist and author. She released her first collection of short stories “Inner Demons” in October 2020. She is the author of the short story ebooks “Eve the First,”“For My Sister,” and “Sammy’s Butterflies.” She will release her poetry ebook “A Symphony of Silence” in early 2021 and her debut novel “Warding Off Reality” in August 2021.