A Great Trailer
George Fox and Friend hiking, huffing and puffing, up Pendle Hill. At the top, George says, "I see a great people to be gathered!" Friend says, "Fine, George, but do you think we could gather them at the bottom of the hill?"
Susan B. Anthony being interviewed by a newspaper reporter. The reporter says, "Too bad you Quakers aren't betting folks. What are the chances this woman's suffrage thing will take hold?" Susan says, "Failure is not an option." Reporter says, "I bet it never happens."
I'm paraphrasing here, but if you want to know word-for-word what they said, you could ask my son Henry. He corrected me the other day when I was trying to tell this story to someone, and he quoted the lines exactly. Who knew he was paying such close attention?
One more scene I'd especially like to thank Peggy for.
John Woolman is finishing dinner at the home of a slaveowner. He informed the owner that he appreciated the fine hospitality but he felt obliged to pay the good people who had prepared the meal and his room. As the slaveowner sputtered, "John" got up and opened his drawsting pouch and proceed to give a coin to several people in the audience, thanking the "slaves" for their service. This was perhaps the moment I was most glad to have made my kids sit in the front row. Peggy/John gave each of them one of the coins: a real Susan B. Anthony dollar. The children were awestruck. They are still showing their coins to everyone who comes to our house, and it has provided multiple opportunities to discuss who Susan B. Anthony was, why she's on money, and what "vote" means. Four year old Silas is still a little fuzzy on this, but we're getting there.
That first half hour alone was worth the price of admission. But wait! There's more to come.
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