Yesterday, Motor Man and I attended a gathering for current and former staff members at Bacon’s Castle .
You all know how special that old house is to me. (If you’re new to the blog, click on the Bacon’s Castle category to the right to read previous posts.)
I was an interpreter (tour guide) at the Castle for one season in 2000. But, my connections to the house go back much further than that.
And my son, Marshall, was a guide there for ten years, beginning in 2000.
When he and I worked there, the site director was a wonderful lady named Frances. When Marshall first joined the staff, he was the only guy, and many of the ladies there treated him as a grandson.
So Frances became very special to our family. She granted Motor Man and me permission to be married at Bacon’s Castle and presided over the guest book at our ceremony.
Frances retired from the Castle several years ago, but Marshall and I keep in touch with her and frequently take her out for breakfast.
And yesterday, Frances was at the staff members’ gathering. Her birthday is Tuesday, so we surprised her with a cake. She will be 91 years young.
The cake was decorated with a photo of the Castle (the one at the beginning of this blog post), and Frances was tickled and more than a little amazed that this could be done.
At the end of the cookout, the employees and their families posed for a photo on the front steps.
And, of course, I had to have my picture taken with the birthday girl.
She has plans on her actual birthday, so Marshall and I are looking forward to celebrating with her in the near future.
~These Days Of Mine~