“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
- Tennessee Williams
Call us conceited, but we Interpreters love to hear that we’ve made an impression (however small it may be) on the lives of our museum visitors, whether it be teaching them something about history they never knew before or simply greeting them with a friendly face. But a lot of our museum visitors rarely realize things go the opposite way as well – they sometimes make an even bigger impression on us than we do on them.
It’s an undeniable perk of our job that we Interpreters get to meet people of all ages, stations in life, and from around the globe while working at Plimoth Plantation. The downside? Often its difficult to express exactly how much their interactions mean to us because we’re in character. But guess what? That’s what having a blog is for!
And since I have the blog password it means I can commandeer it just this once to personally thank some museum visitors for the kindness, generosity and all round adorableness they showed me and my coworker yesterday. We often get visitors who are descendants of the Pilgrims, eager to meet their great-times-10 “grandmother” or “grandfather,” and on Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting two descendants of the character I play, Susanna Winslow. I then invited them to return on Monday since it was May 12, the day we know courtesy of William Bradford as Edward and Susanna Winslow’s wedding anniversary (the Winslows were the first wedding in New Plimoth, in 1621), and myself and my colleague Doug who plays Edward were planning some festivities for the day.
But not only did our “relations” return to help us celebrate our “anniversary” with company and good conversation, they even brought us roses for the occasion!
So thanks new found friends for the gift, and for reminding us that a job where the kindness of total strangers is a regular occurrence can’t be that bad of a gig. We hope it made your day to meet us, because meeting you definitely made ours!