Menil Collection in Houston
I must have learned as a child to fear museum guards. They always seemed so suspicious. They tapped shoulders and glared and reprimanded when you even thought about standing too close to a piece of art.
However my opinion of museum guards changed last year when I had a relaxed visit to the lovely Menil Museum.
An Exhibit of Nigerian Statues
I was impressed by the expressions and poses I saw in a collection of Nigerian statues. I mimicked a few of those poses as I studied the figures through the glass. I guess that kind of behavior could have annoyed any guard, but the guard standing nearby chuckled instead. In fact it turned out he was Nigerian and we ended up having a wonderful food conversation because I had recently visited a Nigerian restaurant.
My Favorite Guard
But my favorite guard at the Menil was working in a separate building. There were no other visitors in the quiet space, but my friend and I could hear the somewhat shy guard talking softly. He was talking to his friend just outside the door...a squirrel!
Guillermo, the Guard
Guillermo said he fed the squirrel every day. He dropped a peanut outside the door and watched the little guy race over to fetch his treat before a greedy bird could steal it!
You reminded me that museum guards can be kind human beings! I think that little squirrel thanks you, too!
To celebrate my birthday in April 2012, I decided to reflect on the past with a different kind of list. I've met a lot of people in my 55 years, but I'm going to stop and remind myself about the strangers I've met. These are people I met by accident, not through friends or work. For some reason, these strangers dropped into my life. Even though we may have only spent a few minutes together, these people have never been forgotten.
Each week, I'll spotlight someone I met in the past, who in some small way, made me stop and think.
Remember 55 Strangers