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Friday, April 20, 2007

Little Visit

Must type quickly- the sun is shining and I need to get out there before the weather realizes what's happening and reverts back to its usual state of apathetic gray drizzle.

Yesterday in the brief bout of sunshininess I decided I wanted to go a-touristing and drove myself to historic Concord, home of Walden Pond and the houses of Thoreau, Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott. I quickly scratched the Walden Reservation off my possible to-do list because of the recent flooding- I hadn't brought my wellies and I sure as hell didn't want to end up knee-deep in historic, albeit poetic, lake mud.

So then which house to see? Each one cost about $7 with a student ID (thank goodness my grad school ID has no expiration date- that thing saved me one whole dollar!) and I figured I'd try one and see if they were worth the price of admission. So I picked the Alcott house because really, who doesn't love Little Women?

Let me do you a favor- I'll save you those seven hard-earned dollars and give you the tour run down, as remembered by my (admittedly faulty) brain:
  • The woman handing out tickets for the tour was doing a little needlepoint that read "Jesus love me, this I know". I didn't have the heart to tell her she forgot the "s" on loves.
  • The first 15 minutes of the tour consisted of watching a video in which a woman pretends to be Louisa May Alcott, answering questions about different problems in today's society. "Louisa, what do you think about global warming and people harming the environment?" "Well I do believe that people should take care of the places they love. It is our duty to make sure our homes are livable." Whatevs! I'm pretty sure in reality Louisa would've actually said something closer to this: "Huh? What the eff you talkin' about, global warming? We don't even got no coal for our stove 'less I sell these here books and winter in Concord is like 19 months long or some shit and you askin' me about global warming? Bring that bitch on."
  • I realized halfway through the movie that I was on the tour with about 15 Mormons. How did I know? They had their Elder badges on that said Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! They seemed very intent on the movie so I thought I might be able to snag some super spy photos, but the needlepointing lady kept peering intently into the darkness and I realized it would be horribly embarrassing to have to tell people I got kicked out of the Alcott House on my break. Suffice it to say, they were satisfactorily horrified when they realized that Bronson Alcott allowed his daughters to choose whether they wanted to marry or have careers, and that some of them actually chose careers.
  • The girl that actually gave us the house tour looked like she had fallen off a motorcycle going 70 mph directly onto her face. I don't know what the road rash was from, but I don't remember one word of the tour, I was so fascinated thinking of things that might have happened to her.
Anyway, the whole place was very pretty and predictable. There were some interesting little vignettes about the family stories and it felt very authentic. I felt a bit funny when we were standing in the parlor and a guide mentioned that May Alcott had gotten married right there, with Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Louisa May all in attendance. Crazy.

"Welcome! Now give us money."

The place looks a little scary for the scene of Little Women, no?

The house is a landmark, but the actual orchards? Strip malls.

The needlepoint lady told me that 80% of the things in the house actually belonged to the Alcotts, but didn't seem to like it when I asked if this was an original toilet sign.


Blogger Kelli rocks hardcore!

You crack me up.
I went here with my Mom a couple of years ago and we both thought the video was a little weird. Although I did think the fact that Amy's drawings were still on the walls in a bedroom was cool. And did they tell you the story about the "sausage" pillow?

Good times always seem to be had in Concord!

9:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous rocks hardcore!


11:17 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Kell- They did tell us about the sausage pillow! I almost forgot about that. I think I should implement that here... if Chris comes home and the pillow is up, he can talk to me. If it's down, he knows I'm in no mood to chat. ha!

Lex- Just because you've never read a piece of classic literature in your life doesn't mean it's boring. You think anything that doesn't involve Corona and shopping is boring.

11:38 AM

Blogger Aimee rocks hardcore!

hahahaha. That is fabulous. You really should have waited until the needlepoint lady got past the "me" in me...and then told her about the s. lol

12:12 PM

Blogger L Sass rocks hardcore!

I had no idea that the Mormons loved Little Women! I guess the idea of one guy dating 2 sisters kind of appealed to their whole polygamist side.

12:17 PM

Blogger Noelle rocks hardcore!

Very funny! I'm going to think of Little Women as having a kind of Bates Motel horror scene from now on.

1:07 PM

Blogger Ween rocks hardcore!

Oh boy - I thought you had made a typo with the Jesus Love Me...I'm sorry that wasn't true.

1:30 PM

Blogger Tori rocks hardcore!

Too funny.
Thanks for giving me a laugh :)
I betcha those Mormans were thinking, "There's one in every crowd".

8:50 PM

Blogger briliantdonkey rocks hardcore!

Wow, I would have been too torn to pay attention. Tell the lady about the 's' and satisfy my need to see how she would react or bite my tongue and regret the hell out of it until I paid ANOTHER 7 bucks just for the chance to do it.


9:41 PM

Blogger stilettoheights rocks hardcore!

this was a wonderful

Loved it all, have to wonder if the Anne Of Green Gables House on PEI would be the same...

7:45 AM

Blogger Beej rocks hardcore!

I suspect it was a command to jesus:

like "Jesus, love me!" or "Jesus, go to your room!"

Like that.

9:24 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

aimee- if only I had told her, maybe Baby Jesus would love me.

I sass- Seriously. It was very interesting to see how they reacted to the story. Also, I had to resist the urge to ask them about that Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints commercial from the 80's that I used to love, before I knew it was trying to get me to become a Mormon.

Noelle- It was a little frightening on the outside. The only scary thing inside was the road rashed tour guide.

Ween- Oh, if only.

Tori- I think they weren't very concerned with me, only because one of their granddaughters was all punk rocked out, with an All American Rejects hoodie on.

BD- It was very difficult. But I knew I would never pay another $7 to see it, so I resisted the urge to rebel.

SH- I have to imagine that Green Gables has to be way prettier. I need to keep it's idyllic picture in my mind.

Beej- ahh, I see. She was just using the imperative to command Senor Jesus. Brilliant.

10:37 AM

Blogger CarpeDM rocks hardcore!

Stop making me laugh. Stop! I'm going through the woman-whimpering as well and there may be a problem!

That's too much info, isn't it?

11:31 AM


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