I entered my 30’s with grace. An uncommon grace, really. I didn’t go in kicking in screaming like Gwenn did before me. Nope, I held my head high.
Two and a half years later, and I still don’t feel old. Hell, I’m just getting going. It wasn’t until this weekend that I realized that I am ancient... why the sudden change in attitude?
Because I’m a museum piece.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis just opened a display entitled The Power of Children: Making a Difference, and it features Ryan White and some cool RW artifacts, including a faux-locker that whispers when you open the door (“He’ll spit on you..” “He has AIDS”... and other bad things) and items from his bedroom, which is recreated.
So where do I come in? Along with Mark Hoyle, I make up a section called “We Were There, Too”. Check out pics below, and visit the official website of the Museum for more info!
Ryan White’s room, and some info on the trailblazing thinblood and hemophilia.
This is slightly reminiscent of John Bender’s locker from The Breakfast Club.
Rocking the Pac-Man t-shirt.
Despite my presence in a museum, I don’t feel old. But I do feel fortunate to have made it. Mark Hoyle and Ryan White passed to spirit with so many other good positoids, and events like this just make it so obvious that I need to enjoy my life- which I do!- and go on with spreading the word about HIV/AIDS in their spirit. To continue the fight against ignorance in my own way.
So, if you’re ever in the Indianapolis area, pop on in and check out the display.