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Saturday was a paint and hammer and cut and staple day as the Homeschool Dramatic Society moved closer to performances this week.

While working on behind the scenes necessities for the play, I visited with a long-time dramatic society friend and learned for the first time the story of how she and her husband met and married. I’ll call this homeschooling mama and daddy Susan and Geoff.

Susan went away to a Christian college for two years after she graduated from high school. After that she went to work in a Christian bookstore.

After Geoff graduated from high school, he moved to a town in our area to live with his grandparents. His grandfather had developed Alzheimer’s and had gone to live in a nursing home. Geoff couldn’t stand the thought of his grandfather living there, so he moved in with his grandmother and brought his grandfather back home, while helping to run their farm. That’s quite a commitment for a recent high school graduate!

Geoff’s parents owned the Christian bookstore where Susan worked. His mother liked Susan and introduced her to Geoff. The introduction paid off.

When Geoff decided to ask Susan to marry him, he put lots of fertilizer on a field to make a plant (Susan didn’t tell me what kind of plant) grow really well. He did it in the shape of certain letters.

Geoff asked his brother who was a pilot to take him up over the field and they took an aerial photograph of the field. When Geoff showed Susan the photo, there in healthy green letters were the words, “Marry me.”

She did and the two have raised their children on his grandparents’ farm.

Geoff has continued to be a servant. When we loaded in sets at the performing arts center yesterday, he was there with his drill. Susan and their son (who is an abolitionist in the play) were there doing what needed to be done.

So many “behind the scenes” stories have to happen before a play can happen. Every one of the people who make those things happen has their own “behind the scenes” stories.

And now you know one of the many behind the scenes stories of Free at Last, coming up this weekend!

MJ oval
Homeschooled children, including this brother and sister, tell the story of the underground railroad in Free at Last: A Story of the Underground Railroad at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center this weekend: Thursday at 7:00 p.m; Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

It was for freedom that Christ set us free;
therefore keep standing firm
and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1

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