Daily Archives: March 8, 2012

Nerves!

The prompt I chose today for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop is:

2.) A case of the nerves! When was the last time you had them and how did you get through it?

My most recent really bad case of nerves occurred in October of 2010. The staff of Bacon’s Castle was presenting a Twilight Tour: one of those events where folks dress in costume and bring previous residents of a particular building to life.

And I had been asked to portray my grandmother, Mae. (For those of you new to my blog, my mother and her family lived in the house during the 1920’s and 1930’s.)

I was excited about this opportunity and came up with a script monologue about living there in the house.  I was stationed in the attic, so I used the excuse of going up there for extra quilts, and brought a couple of old quilts from home to use as props.

Before the first “official” tour, we had a trial run. The staff walked through the house, and each of us acted out our part.

My nerves kicked in moments before the trial run was to begin. Motor Man was there with me. He kept calming me down and telling me I could do it. At that point, I was wondering why in the world I had volunteered to do this.

The first couple of times, I forgot a line or two that I had planned to say. But after a few groups had come through, I was more comfortable  being “Mae”. The tour ran for two consecutive nights; I’m guessing we did about six or eight tours per night.

during my performance

As for the last part of the prompt: how did you get through it?

I really don’t have an answer. Maybe it was because I knew that Marshall and Motor Man were both supporting me. Maybe I just didn’t want to be a quitter. Maybe Grandma somehow “helped” me.

Although I don’t know that I’d ever agree to do something like that again, I’m glad for the experience.

Oh, and we had a little fun while I was in costume. I posed in the same spot as the (above) picture of my Grandma. (The steps have since been removed.) How’s the resemblance?

 Motor Man and me.

And Marshall with his mom….uh….great grandma.

If you’d like to read my original post about this experience, click here.

Linking up to Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.

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