Being interested in Barbara as a person, she made the acquaintance of Barbara's historical character Goodye Watson, friend and traveling companion of Dr. Benjamin Franklin.
When Dr. Storniolo expressed an interest in 18th century clothing and Barbara volunteered a visit by Goodye when her next check up came due! Of course an escort (and photographer) would be needed and I cheerfully volunteered!
It is no longer a surprise to me that keeping up with Barbara takes me out of the usual hum-a-drum of daily life. Many people assume that because Barbara doesn't say much she is shy.
This is not the case. She is usually quiet but that's either because she is reading or because she is thinking. And the stuff she reads often results in her thinking about something that may take both of us out of our comfort zones.
So here we are, in the examination room and Barbara has removed her dress, showing the blue striped petticoat, the gold colored stays above it, and the white shift showing above that. Note the shoes are 18th Century!
The next step left is usually my job, that of being her "Abigail" and unlacing the stays.
Now you might think of stays as a fashion statement, and you would be correct! The 18th Century Woman thought it fashionable to protect her back while doing lots of heavy work!
In any case it is always a pleasure and an honor to bring enjoyment to people who do so much for the rest of us.
Barbara and I are here by the grace of God and the help of dedicated folks like these. We hope that we made their day a little brighter and their work a little lighter!
Frank Watson & Barbara McNamara
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