The doors slid open and as soon as I stepped into the elevator I knew that the lone woman sharing the ride with me was someone whose face I had seen before. But who was she?
I was at the Winnipeg Art Gallery last Friday to give a tour to a group of high school students. I’d gone upstairs to stow my purse safely and was headed back to the foyer to welcome my tour group.
As the elevator door shut I racked my brain trying to think who the woman was in the elevator with me. Just then she noticed the volunteer tag I was wearing around my neck. “Are you a volunteer here at the art gallery?” she asked. “Yes,” I replied. “I give tours to school groups.”
“Well,” she said. “Thank you very much for your service. Volunteers are important.”
“I’m sorry,” I said. “But I think I should know you.”
“Susan Thompson,” she said holding out her hand.
That’s why I’d recognized her I thought.
“You were the mayor of Winnipeg,” I said as I shook her hand.
She nodded and our conversation ended as the elevator doors opened on the main floor and Susan exited saying, “Thanks again.”
I figured out later Susan must have been at the art gallery for the Culture Days Congress that was being held on site. How nice of her to be so personable and thank me for being a volunteer. It made my day.
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