Sunday, December 19, 2010

December in St. Augustine, FL

Remember the cape I was making for a Spanish maiden in historic St. Augustine, FL?
When we read Felicity - An American Girl, we learned that the caps they are wearing are called 'mob caps.'  I don't know why. 

The tall handsome British Redcoat is her brother. 

When he was only about 6 years old, the first time they went as a family to an event in St. Augustine, his parents looked around and realized he was gone!  Someone pointed out that their son had joined the reenactors, who motioned that it was OK.  He marched along with them, very serious, having a great time.  Afterward, they invited him to join them next time.  He has been reenacting history ever since!

You never know when an encouraging word to a child may ignite a passion.  Those men, who could have shooed away a little boy, instead welcomed him and began to build a young man who would carry on their traditions.

Our next project:  gaiters!  The dress white gaiters he is wearing in the picture (white button-on canvas that runs from shoes to above the knees) are loaners - he needs his own black ones and white ones. We'll be working on those in 2011, and I look forward to posting pictures in uniform.


Anonymous said...

You are so talented. I loved hearing that the men allowed the brother to march along and did not scold him. We just never know where a little encouragement will lead someone. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

How cool! Love the costumes! I looked up mob cap, and all it said was that it was called a mob cap because of writers like Dickens who called them that because they were worn by many in 'unruly mobs'. As good a reason as any, I guess!

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Becky

Anonymous said...

Go Redcoats! I have a special place in my heart for those guys. ~pb~

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