We've all experienced that moment of stomach-dropping panic after making an irreversible mistake. Now imagine that fear--accompanied by a $1.5 million price tag.
In other words, put yourself in the shoes of a 12-year-old Taiwanese boy who tripped over his own feet at a museum this weekend and ended up punching a hole through a 350-year-old Paolo Porpora oil painting, "Flowers," in order to break his fall. The painting in question is estimated at $1.5 million. Puberty is so awkward, right?
Besides a brief moment of confusion, the boy walks away with zero visible agitation. For good reason: his allowance will remain intact.
According to Focus Taiwan News, "[The curator], Rossi, asked that the boy not be blamed and that the family not be asked to pay for the cost of the restoration... the organizers will ask the insurance company to cover restoration costs and compensate the owner of the painting."
If only we all could learn how to shake things off with this boy's exceptional level of chill. It's a happy ending for everyone, after all!
(Except for the late Paola Porpora, of course. But I've always felt he was a little overrated, anyway.)
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