What a night! 1000+ visitors for our Christmas in the Farm event! Countless questions & even more countless informational speeches about the formal parlor, the Civil War, & the real Christmas tree.
Tonight was a huge success, but I know I’m going to pay for it in the morning. You see I was dressed in 1870’s period clothing, including those awful archless, padless shoes. The shoes I eventually stood in for 6 hours of my 10 hour shift.
Oh, but it was so worth every moment. We educated people of all ages & we were even educated by former founders & employees. It was wonderful to have the 4th great grandson of the industrial owner owner visit & it was a treat to visit with a woman whom worked at the state park before it became a state park. However, the best reason to have sore feet were the children. Not just those who visited, but also those who volunteered & stood in equally uncomfortable shoes. (although I’d bet their young feet faired better than my 40 year old feet)
Regardless of whose feet hurt worse the important factor to focus on are the educational benefits of the night. I know I learned & fell in love a little more with history, but can you imagine the inspiration & love of history that was established in those future leaders who visited & volunteered tonight? The thought brings me comfort.
Merry Achy Christmas & a Happy Learning New Year!