I've been watching a lot of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman and Downton Abbey lately. They are two of my favorite shows. Although they are set in two different time periods, I romanticize living in each one. However, the reality is I truly don't think I would like living in either the late 1800s or the 1920s. Here's what I think my life would be like in each show's setting:
Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman
Sean and I would live on a homestead in Colorado Springs. I would be a former schoolmarm, forced to vacate my position when we married. We would be farming our own land. Our house would always be dirty according to my cleanliness standards because there's no way a dwelling could be otherwise in those conditions.
As for the chicken dinners of which I'm so fond . . . well, those wouldn't come from Harp's. I would have to kill, pluck, skin, batter, and fry the chicken. Sean wouldn't be able to help me because . . . you know, he farms. We would live on corn pone, bacon, and lots of vegetables, if I could get the vegetables to grow.
Sean and I would work at the "big house" as servants (think Anna and Mr. Bates minus all the murderous drama and the horrible thing that happened to Anna). He would more than likely be a valet, but I would not be a lady's maid. Lady Mary would not allow me to touch her hair, no sirree Bob! I would more than likely be either a house or scullery maid. We would have a tiny cottage near the big house.
As for all those awesome dresses I'd like to wear . . . totally off limits. Actually, I'd probably get fired for trying on one of them.
Although it's awesome to watch period dramas and to fantasize about those particular time periods, I think I'm better off living in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Besides, some day in the future, people will romanticize living during this time period. The most important thing of all is at least I lived.
Until the next post . . . keep smiling!