Ms. Edwina, what can I say?!
She is a force to reckon with.
I was walking in the Met when I noticed Ms. Edwina sitting on the bench in the Greek and Roman Art wing. She wasn’t doing much. Just watching people walk back and forth. It was a Friday and the place was packed with children.
I had just bumped into one of my former students, Syriana, who was roaming around with a summer camp decked out in purple tee’s.
Syriana! Is that you?
Hi Ms. Hurley!!!
I was surprised to see Syriana because I never saw someone who I knew in the Met. When I looked ahead and walked closer I couldn’t believe my eyes. Ms….Edwina?!
When I saw her, I waved excitedly. I couldn’t believe I ran into someone from my own community! Not only that, but an elder! Ms. Edwina (who I blogged about before) has the persona of Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. I met her while attending Fordham University. We crossed paths so much she started to talk to me. She would compliment me on my outfits and how I carried myself – every time she saw me. Which meant a lot. She didn’t know her words meant so much. She was always cheerful. She spoke with hugs and each hug went a long way.
Once we crossed paths and she complimented me on my black and white outfit – that I felt totally good in. She got to me before my secret crush got to me, who didn’t think I looked great at all. Funny, I can still remember his words.
Really, Lilly? I can’t believe you are even wearing that.
What do you mean, Really, Lilly? What’s wrong with my outfit?!
He stopped talking to me when I demanded what was the matter. Not that what he thought mattered anyway.
I sat next to Ms. Edwina.
Omg, what are you doing here?
I come every year, Child, to check out the Met Gala.
The Met Gala?
Yeah, The Met Gala. She looked me in the eye. Surly you know what the Met Gala is?
Yeah, I do. (I wasn’t about to say no- after she said, Surely you know…)I had clips of news paper images in my head. That was what knew of the Gala.
….Well, every year after the event is over, they showcase the outfits for the public to see. Did you see the exhibition?
No, I noticed the ad in the phamphet but never thought about seeing it myself.
You should go! It is so good!!
Okay, are you going back-
Nope. I am resting these here legs chile.
I sat beside her and asked if she saw any other exhibition. I had just gotten emotional in the Afro-futuristic Period Room and wanted someone to share my sentiment with. But she hadn’t.
She continued, I walked into a wrong room by mistake!!
Oh, which room was that?
Her response was so funny, I asked her if I could record it it share with you!