"Back there are the Folios," Georgianna says.
There, along the back wall of the room and around a corner, is a wall of books, all laying flat. Various colors, sizes and bindings. First Folios. I was there.
As Bard as my witness I had an honest to goodness weak in the knees moment. I grabbed the shoulders of whichever child I'd been leading into the room a little tighter. My eyes widened. My smile widened. I whipped my head around to look at Garland, in what I can only hope was the wordless "Oh My God I'm Actually Here" face I was attempting, and then whipped back around to look at my wife with the pure and utter bliss I had in that moment. Center of the universe.
Georgianna had chosen a particular Folio for us to look at - #78. Why?
This particular Folio has a number of child's drawings throughout. I love it. I love the idea that all 82 of their copies has its own individual story. Also shows that my tour guides knew a little something about how to keep children occupied, always showing them things that children would find interesting (not something you might expect in a Shakespeare research center!) and keeping them in the conversation.
And this was just the first of many memorable moments. To be continued....
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