Mother had guests visiting from out of town. They’d been out to lunch and she’d be showing them the sites all afternoon. Her guests were geriatric; not quite the spry youthful specimen she was. A gracious hostess, she made sure all their stops weren’t too rigorous or demanding, since some of them faced physical challenges. She decided a visit to the State Exhibit Museum was in order late in the afternoon, the visit made more enticing since there was no admission. They strolled the gardens for an hour or more. The roses, clematis, and lilies were a vision with their gentle scent perfuming the summer air. It could have gone on forever but they still wanted to tour the museum before it closed for the day! Upon climbing the steps and rattling the door, they found it locked up tight. Mother was offended. “But the sign says 8:00 to 4:00 seven days a week, except for holidays! It’s not a holiday! I’m going to call and talk to SOMEBODY tomorrow!”
It occurred to one of the party to check their watch. “It’s 4:45! No wonder they’re closed! We’d better get out of here before we get locked in!”
Rushing to the gate as fast as four septugenarians could, they found themselves locked inside the museum grounds for the night.
This was before cell phones. The four of them stood at the locked gate waving and gesturing until they finally caught the attention of a passerby who alerted the fire department of their dilemma, once he got control of his laughter. Eventually, the firemen put a ladder over the fence, rescuing the four. Even though Mother has always been afraid of heights, she was the first to scurry over the fence, fearful a news crew might happen by. The firemen saved the day and had a fine time in the bargain. The foursome all learned some useful new skills, and a fine time was had by all!