Friday, March 20, 2015
An Ordinary Couple
Well, of course, not "ordinary" for nineteenth century Vermont. But a couple-- Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake-- acknowledged as such by the conservative Vermont town in which they made their home and ran their business and lived for forty-four years. Their marriage was "an open secret."
What I love about this piece from the Washington Post is how their neighbors responded. From all appearances, Charity and Sylvia attended church (and gave, too). Their business thrived (Charity was a talented seamstress). They were, it seems, welcome to bring their business, in turn, to the other merchants of the town.
No one's marriage was harmed by the presence of this faithful couple in their midst.
Read their story here.