Daily Archives: October 25, 2010

Portraying My Grandmother

I’ve been asked to portray my Grandmother this weekend at the historic house where she lived in the 1920’s and 30’s.

Bacon’s Castle is having a Twilight Tour on Friday and Saturday nights, October 29 and 30 from 6-8 pm each evening. Read more about it here:

 This photo of her was taken at that house.  In this picture, she was AT LEAST 3 years younger than I am now.

My first reaction, when that realization hit me, was: “WOW. Do I look that old?!”.  (Don’t answer that.)  Then I thought about the fact that, when this photo was taken, she was living in a house with no electricity and no running water. She had given birth 14 times, and with her husband, was raising the 12 children that survived childbirth.  She was a cook, launderess, seamstress, teacher, nurse, farm hand….. the list goes on and on. I just can’t imagine how difficult life must have been.

Considering all that, I think she was looking pretty good.

I’ve rehearsed my script for the tour over and over. I have my “costume” : the dress, eyeglasses, apron, stockings…..but I know there’s no way that I could ever fill her shoes.

The best I can hope for is to do her proud.