I went to my children's school last week to give a living history presentation on the American Revolution. Far from being mortified by their father in geeky clothes, they were utterly thrilled by the visit and apparently basked in the glow of minor celebrity. Reenacting is cool, at least in their K-8 school.
We've been talking about having them join us for an event this year, and what that would mean for them to participate in this hobby. It looks like we will all be going June 9th and 10th to Rockford Plantation in Lancaster PA. In addition to casting about for various items of clothing and securing a spare tent, we've talked about camp safety and etiquette and things they could do as part of their impression of Colonial children in a military camp. They understand it is a privilege and really want to take part, so we'll give it a try.
Emily plays the flute and for Christmas received a student fife, practice book and CD. She finds it challenging without keys to press but is making steady progress and there will be opportunities for her to observe and interact with fife players in camp. Elias has asked for cartridge paper so he can demonstrate how to roll cartridges.
They will do fine. And maybe, get bitten by the reenacting bug that got their Dad when he was even younger than they, but had to wait decades to act upon it in earnest.