Fixing Walls

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:19 AM.

Almost every day, I pass through a gate with security guards.   Most of these guards know me by name because I see them daily, sometimes multiple times a day.  One of these guards is always giving me water or Gatorade, noting that I should stay “hydrated.”


It worries me.  Not that he is giving me water and Gatorade, but that I may look dried up or dehydrated.  Some folks would wonder why this fellow keeps giving them things.  I do not.  There are nice people in this world and nice gestures should simply be appreciated.


Yes, I do realize that this fellow goes to the college where I teach and there is a high probability that he will end up in one of my mathematics courses.   Grades can’t be bought in my classes; I’m pretty sure he understands and is simply being kind.


On a recent pass through the gate this fellow handed me a Gatorade and said, “You need to stay hydrated.”  I simply said, “Thanks.”  With no vehicles behind me, he continued his conversation wanting to talk about Robert Frost and his poem, “The Mending Wall.”

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