Cedar Grove at Canterbury Care and Rehabilitation Center, Cedar Grove, NJ
TimeSlips Session 2
Recorded and Facilitated by Lillian Ribeiro
Story by Drama Club
Life, Up Up and Away
Gertrude Emily Mobiline is jealous. She wants to learn how to ride an airplane. I don't think she's experienced. She is trying to learn. The reason they took the picture is because it was an unusual place for a women to be seen. The whole thing looks like a weed thrasher. But it looks like she's under a big umbrella. She is learning how to ride this airplane, it looks like. She is on an open field, in the grass, on her father's farm. It smells like grass, like nature, fresh and sweet. It smells like manure too, since it's on a farm.
Chances are her father wouldn't let her be in there, assuming it is an airplane. It looks like Emilia Earhart. How do we even know it is a woman? It looks like a man. This picture was taken in the fall of the early 1900's, in the 1930's. You can tell by the way she is dressed. I don't like her shoes, they don't do her any justice.
There is out of focus people in the background watching her. She's showing off because her parents don't want her to do it. She has got a stern look on her face. Like when your parents tell you not to do something and you do it anyway. Gertrude has a mother, father, two sisters, and two brothers. She walked out on her family because she told them about her idea of flying and they didn't believe her and thought she was crazy. They told her to leave. Maybe they did want to see her.
"You don't think I can do it. I'll show them". She's proud of herself. Look at the way she is sitting at the wheel. She's just sitting there. She's not going anywhere. I think she's going to try to fly. She's going to show them. She's determined. She won't make it. She's just going to go around in big circles, fall out and get hurt. There will be sounds of a big crash, the motor running out, the sound of equipment falling, and the smell of oil. The people will yell, "Oh my gosh what happened! Oh my goodness!"
She'll go back home alone because everyone is mad. Well not mad just disappointed because they told her not to do it. Where else could she go? Her parents will say, "We told you so. You wouldn't listen!" What did her parents do? They took care of her like parents do.