As I mentioned last time, I enjoy meeting characters and collecting autographs. Not sure why. I know that I am really meeting cast members, but there is something fun about playing pretend for a little while. Plus there is the fun of finding someone new, collecting that hard to find autograph, or just beating the lines to get a popular character. Every so often you get a special interaction with a character that makes your day. I have had several of them over the years but this is the story of how I became a Guardian of the Galaxy.
I was in line to meet Star-Lord and Groot by myself, the royal court having decided that they needed to do some shopping. In an unusual turn of events for me, I wasn’t actually talking to anyone. I was sandwiched in between two larger groups who were all entertaining themselves. Since I was a party of 1, I got to go into the greeting area with the larger group in front of me.
Being a veteran of these kinds of things, I got busy trying to watch the interactions without being too intrusive. I noticed that I had a good view of Baby Groot and if I used by zoom function I could get a good photo while I waited without interfering with the people who were talking to Star-Lord. I was kind of in my own little world a bit, not really paying attention. As an added bonus, the Awesome Mixes were playing in the background. Without really thinking about it, I started quietly singing along. I may also have been grooving just a little. Of course, this is the moment it became my turn and Star-Lord spotted me.
A moment that could have been embarrassing turned into something else.
“You know the song!” said Star-Lord. “Let’s dance right on over here.” So I kept on singing and danced with Star-Lord over to Groot. Baby Groot was very impressed. (I could tell he told me, “I am Groot.” So there you go.) When we finished, Star-Lord informed me, “You sang the song. You did the dance. That makes you a Guardian of the Galaxy.” We got a photo or two and I headed on my way.
So there you have it. I am a Guardian. I am not someone who laughed at for singing in public. I am not someone who was hurried through a line because I was by myself. I am important, included, and valuable. We could all learn a little something from Star-Lord about welcoming, inclusion, and hospitality. It doesn’t take much to become one of ‘us’. It just takes someone reaching out a hand in welcome.
Or and invitation to dance.