I am a major ham! I love being front and center, showing my stuff, singing, dancing (well, not dancing so much since I saw myself doing it on a wedding video), explaining things. Perhaps it’s from being an only child, but I don’t think so.
Performing was born into me. Which is peculiar since my mother was quiet, careful, and suspicious of everyone’s motives.
Boy, I scared the sweet bee Jesus out of my mother. I can still hear her: “Jeanne, don’t be so loud. Don’t show off so much. People won’t like you.”
Why do we do that to children? I know it’s out of a sense of protection. But protection of whom? Me or her?
Anyway, as readings of Shanty Gold begin, I find myself terrified. What? This old community theater ham is afraid of a reading? Yep. ‘Fraid so.
What will help? Seeing your friendly face in the audience, that’s what.
Here’s what’s lined up so far:
September 23 at 7 p.m.—-Ancient Order of Hibernians, Albany, NY
September 25 at 7 p.m.—The Book House in Albany, NY
October 6 at 7 p.m.—Malaprops in Asheville, NC
October 14 at 11 a.m. —St. Eugene’s Women’s Guild in Asheville, NC
October 28 at 10:30—Givens Estates in Asheville, NC
Jeanne Charters writes about the business of living your life to the fullest. Over the years through her magazine columns, books and blog posts, she has sought to help other women face life's challenges through humor, strength and perseverance.
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