Gracie recently completed her research and presentation on a notable Alabamian: Zelda Fitzgerald, who was born in Montgomery, graduated from Lanier High School in 1918 (which is the same building where Maddie goes to school now) and for a short time, lived in a stately home on the (still) grand Felder Avenue. She was a complicated woman—born of privilege and fond of fun, but also full of creative vision that was generally overshadowed by her famous husband. There was some remarkable dysfunction in their lives, and they didn't end happily ever after.
The Fitzgerald home on Felder Avenue, Montgomery; I took this photo last week. Long live post-processing!
I encouraged Gracie to focus on the part of Zelda's story that helped to shape so much of young America in the 1920s. She has been called "the first flapper," after all.
Gracie definitely would have been a flapper, what with all the dancing-the-Charleston-on-taxis and flagpole sitting and dancing until the bitter end of a 1920s dance contest. (Just replace "1920s dance contest" with "2014 dance contest" and she's already checked that one off as a win)(as in she and her friends won a dance contest at the Christmas dance in December)
The best part? She worked in two photos of her people for her presentation.
Namesake great-great-grandma Hyacinthe Laura Belle, out doing silly things with her friends—we have a giant stack of photos to prove that girls and boys in the 1920s were out doing silly things and taking photos of it... kind of like today.
I never gave much thought to either Zelda or Scott until we moved to Alabama; I read Great Gatsby for the first time last fall and now I think I might read a little Zelda, too. Though truth be told, I actually think Scottie is the most interesting Fitzgerald of them all : )
p.s. We bought this flapper dress on clearance (and in the wrong size because that's all the sizes there were at the last minute in January, add "alter a fringe-y costume without knowing how to do it" to my skillset) from HalloweenCostumes.com. Is dressing up as a famous person in 4th grade a thing? Should we start thinking up people for Bridget so we're not so last minute on the costuming for her? Ha ha.