If you’ve been on Facebook for a while, you’ve seen those trends where some meme makes the rounds of all your friends and your feed is full of the same silly content for days. Here lately, it’s been: What kind of old woman will you be? And the women pictured are nothing less than awesome, ballsy dames in bright clothes. I love them. I want to be an old woman in bright colors, laughing at all the silliness life has to offer. Laughter is, truly, one of the best things there is. It spans age and interests, culture and race, class and education. Those who know me well know that one of my very favorite films is Mary Poppins. Julie Andrews’ titular nanny is the very epitome of who I have longed to be ever since I was the very smallest girl. When I watched it on my family’s console television, I especially adored the tea party on the ceiling, when the Banks children, Uncle Albert, and Bert belt a rousing chorus,
“We love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
We love to laugh
So everybody can hear!”
After what feels like an eternal winter, a never-ending year of cancellations and isolation, we can finally begin to breathe just a little bit. Not all of us, the virus is not done with us yet, but as vaccines become plentiful and restrictions loosen a bit, we can see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. It feels less presumptuous to hope, to dream, to laugh.
And so, for our April issue, we’re going to share content that is sunny, joyful, and bright, with pastel colors and silly jokes. We’ll celebrate Easter, share strategies for attending a festival under Covid precautions, and explore motherhood. We’ll introduce you to a talented author who’s written a book for young audience that features a Black princess and marvel in the music of Hildegarde of Bingen, as recorded by Renaissance circuit performer Magnolia Strange.
We’re changing up our format a bit, sharing content in a lighter, steady stream to provide you just enough delicious stories and images to brighten each week. We hope you’ll engage with us, share your stories and photos, and let us know the stories you’d like to read.
Happy Spring, and Happiest Huzzahs,
Editor, LadyFaire Magazine
Kim Bryant is a veteran performer, educator, and writer. With 25 years teaching experience, an adjunct professorship in Theatre, twenty years in the festival world, she brings a wealth of experience to LadyFaire Living. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Lubbock Christian University and her Master’s degree in Theatre from the University of Houston. The 2010 winner of the prestigious Texas Educational Association Lynn Murray Scholarship, Kim has studied at Actor’s Studio of Chicago, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and at New York’s Lincoln Center. Kim is married to Travis, has three grown children, Hilary, Travis, and Libby; two bonus grandchildren, Ally and JJ; and two grandbabies, Hazel and Ezekiel.