Mary-I’d like to have tea with Mia, Emma’s aunt. She seems to be a good listener and the type of person who is caring and concerned for others. She would be able to share stories of Emma, Sissy, and Serafina as young children. I’d also be able to ask her about Emma’s mother so I could get to know more about her. Mia would know a lot of the history and stories of Custer’s Mill that I hope she would share with me.
Tammy - I’d love to spend time with the late Bertha Brubaker. She was truly a woman in the know! Although elderly and spinsterish, Bertha was the hub of her community, the “grapevine” of the information world, and a role model for every up and coming ingenue! Bertha would have advice for every situation — from setting a proper table to running an estate.
Barbara-I would like to spend a few afternoons having tea with Professor Nelson, Emma's great-uncle. I'd ask him about Ruth. Perhaps we could talk about how they communicated while having a secret relationship. I hope he'd feel free to share the struggles and pain they both suffered by keeping their relationship secret. I wonder what he'd do now, if he could have another chance to let the world know about their love. Would he be able to give up his professorship to marry Ruth? And I want to see his house and overgrown garden!
We’d love to hear which character you would like to chat with and have a cup of tea. You can fill in your answer below and send to The Chimney Rock Chronicle, P.O. Box 862, Broadway, VA 22815. All of those who respond will have a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Jackson’s Corner in New Market.