Claudia McGill, dedicated gym-goer, kept her eyes on the ground today and found this object.
“Well, I was walking out to my car. I was at the gym, see, and then I was finished, so I was leaving. With all this snow, well, they haven’t cleared all the sidewalks. But they had cleared the one in front of the building. So I guess that part doesn’t matter. Anyway, I saw this little object in the street. Not really the street, the driveway part that goes in front of the door. You know.”
She goes on to say, ” So I dropped my gym bag on the sidewalk and I fished out my camera and I didn’t give a thought to the fact that a car was picking up some kids down toward the door or that they were looking at me which I don’t think they were, those kids were making an awful racket getting in the car but I was worried the car would run over the football. Because it was so tiny. The size of my thumb joint. So cute.”
Claudia McGill, Curator, takes over the story. “Apparently the finder, who really can talk a blue streak, took a photo of the football in situ. You can appreciate the tiny little guy, the loneliness of his situation, the peril from multi-ton vehicles and those unheeding gym-goers. I am very impressed, though, that she used her own foot as a scale model. That takes some thinking.”
According to Museum personnel, Claudia McGill, the finder of the object, has offered to donate it, but not before she gives it a good scrub. “See those white circles on the asphalt, well, you know what that is, it’s that chemical stuff they put on the roads to help with melting of snow, but it’s all dried up, and the football had a coating too, and I feel so sorry for it I’m going to get it all clean and nice.”
The Museum’s spiritual advisor/ resident philosopher/ designated noodler-on-call, Claudia McGill, said: “If you think about it, well, that little football out there, exposed, alone – well, what a reflection of the human condition. You just can’t be more alone than a tiny somewhat squashy toy football lying in a chemical stew of a parking lot, can you?”
A Museum-goer, Claudia McGill, had her own opinion. “I think it looks like a little spaceship traveling between planets, don’t you?
The Museum has no official position on these or any other ideas. We will leave it to the viewers of this poignant photo to decide.