What can YOU say in six sentences?
Every day for six months, the little old man in the worn, long-out-of-style black suit and threadbare fedora came to the Chicago Art Museum. He went to the same room every day, sat on the same marble bench, and looked at one specific Van Gogh painting for hours, the only Van Gogh in the spacious room. The Van Gogh picture was a broad field of flowers in France, marked by bright, vibrant blues and greens, with sharp orange and red slashes from the low sun and a small muddy brown wheelbarrow was lost in the flowers. Then, one day in late October, he came into the museum as usual, walked to his regular room and stood stunned—the painting was gone, the wall was empty. He turned, gesturing at the blank wall in silent bewilderment, to a museum guards who said, “That painting was only on loan; they took it down last night and returned it to the museum who owned it this morning.” The little old man looked around the room once more, shook his head sadly, then quietly left the museum, went home, loaded the old revolver he kept under his tattered bed and blew his brains out.