After supper Grandma Fay invited Brittany to come look at picture albums over tea while Uther and Elizabeth washed up the dishes.
“Your Dad is a good man Brittany”, Grandma sighed as she sat down next to me on the couch.
“Yeah, I guess.”
“Uther has always helped your mom with the household chores that many men consider a woman’s job. He respects her, and encourages her work, striving for equality for women.”
Brittany looked away, thinking of her father in a new way.
“Here, look at this picture of your mom when she was little. And that, is my mother, your Great-Grandmother Gabrielle,” Grandma Fay said with a smile on her face.
No matter how many times she saw a picture of her mother when she was younger, Brittany was always surprised at how much she resembled her. In fact, all of the women on her mother’s side looked a lot alike.
“Your Great-Grandmother Gabrielle also tried to improve equality for women. Her mother, Scarlett, told Gabrielle all about Scarlett’s mother, Holly, who was one of the survivors of that institute that was shut down, and that motivated her to want to help and improve the lives of women.”
Brittany glanced at her Grandma Fay, “What institute?”
“Oh yes”, Fay nodding her head, “You are too young to know the story of the institute.”
Just then Brittany’s parents walked in. “What are you two talking about?” her mom said and she plopped down on the couch next to Brittany.
Fay quickly said, “Nothing”, giving Brittany that don’t-tell-them-what-we-were-talking-about look. Brittany smiled.
Her dad laughed, “So, do you have everything you need for your first day of school?”
Brittany let out a loud sigh. “Please Dad, don’t remind me. I don’t have any friends, I don’t know my way around the school, and I don’t know any of the teachers either. Going to a new school really sucks.”
Elizabeth jumped up. “How about we make cookies then?”
Brittany laughed. That was her mom’s way of fixing everything – cookies.
To be Continued…
Written by Amanda Drover-Hartwick