On a beautiful, sunny but cold day, I decided to take advantage of my Art Institute membership and check out the member preview of the Charles Ray sculpture exhibit.
As I walked into the exhibit room, a staff member checked to see if I was a member. Once checked, I went in and enjoyed the exhibit (which was incredible).
When I was done, I walked out and stood in the hallway for a moment. I heard the staff member asking someone if she had a membership, to which she replied, no. He politely explained to the woman, clearly a tourist visiting, that the exhibit would be open to the public in two days. She seemed a little disappointed and started to walk away.
At that moment, a young gentleman was about to go in the exhibit. He asked the staff member, “Can I bring a guest?” She replied, “Yes, you can.” He then turned to the tourist and asked, “Would you like to go in and see the exhibit?” She shyly nodded her head yes. Then he said, “Come on.” And he got her in as his guest.
Seems like a small thing, I know. It didn’t cost him anything. But it still makes me happy and shows that there are thoughtful, kind people out there. AND, it only takes a seemingly small gesture to be kind.