Yesterday we drove down to Virginia to see my daughter Phoebe perform the role of Miss Prism in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
For the occasion, I wore my Fair Trade people made in Kenya of recycled Coca-cola cans and wire.
So what's the connection?
Phoebe was with me at 10,000 Villages in Arlington, VA when I bought them a couple of years ago. She has invested a lot of time and energy in recycling programs. She wants to study in French-speaking Africa, and to help create sustainable projects in villages.
But The Importance of Being Earnest is a 116 year old British play...
This youth production worked with a bare bones budget. Their sets and costumes were cobbled together: recycled, reduced, reused. These young people--late teens and early 20's--delved into archaic ideas and language, toyed with the puns and Victorian manners, and staged a play that Wilde would have enjoyed.
Miss Prism wore a preposterous lacy hat, a long black skirt, and a silky blouse with a little bow tie. Not-yet-20-year-old Phoebe sold her past-50-year-old maiden-lady governess, smitten with the local priest and with the joys of teaching German, geography, and political theory. She took something old and made it new again.
I am so proud, once again, to be her mom.