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.