Captivating Tidbits

Berkely PlantationA friend recently critiqued my new manuscript. It is the story of the nineteen year old employee of the Edison Electric Company who wired the White House for electric lights in 1891.
          The following week, my friend visited her daughter back East. On a siteseeing trip, they visited Berkeley Plantation. It was the ancestral home of the Harrison family, which included President Benjamin Harrison.
          The tour guide talked about Mr. Harrison becoming president and moving to the District of Columbia. But she did not mention his being responsible for bringing electricity to the White House. So, my friend raised her hand.
          “Wasn’t he the President when the White House was electrified?” she asked.
          When the tour guide said “Yes,” everyone in the tour group turned to look at my friend. No doubt they wondered where she came up with that odd bit of information. The tour guide went on to tell the group how everyone in the President’s family was afraid to touch the electric switches so they had a servant push the buttons to turn on the lights. 
          “I wanted to raise my hand again,” my friend told me, “and tell them the name of the young electrician who was specifically hired to turn the lights on and off. But, I decided they had heard enough from me.”
          It’s those little moments that make life fun.

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