Life with Shirley

  • Chris McGinnis / For the AJC
April 20, 2017
Contributed/Chris McGinnis
Chris and his sister Katie celebrate Shirley's birthday with a special iced tea made with fresh lemon, mint from the garden and a candle.

“Excuse me, sir. Is it possible for me to get in and just see the gift shop?” 

Visiting Washington, D.C., for business last November, I was drawn to the brand-new National Museum of African American History & Culture. The waiting list for tickets was eight months long to get in, but it was a warm, sunny day so I walked there from my hotel just to see what it looked like.

“No sir, you have to have a ticket,” I was told.  

“Well, OK, just thought I’d try.” 

The ticket-taker paused, looked me up and down and gave me a conspiratorial smile. 

“Hold on.” 

He reached into his coat pocket and produced a ticket, then he winked and told me to enjoy myself.

It was as though Shirley was looking out for me.

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