“Doing anything special this weekend?” I asked a hairdresser at the beauty salon this morning.
She told me she was part of a woman’s Civil War re-enactment group, and they were meeting for the first time this year.
Eager to learn more I pressed for details, thinking I’d hear about the battles and hardship of the era.
But it turned out that after a long year of over-eating and minimal exercising, the women in the group had one common concern – could they still fit into those voluminous dresses with the tiny waists?
I had to laugh – with all that was going on back in the 19th century I'll bet none of those ladies would have wondered if their dresses made them look fat. If a woman WAS worried about her mid-section, there was always that trusty corset!
When I left the salon I told the hairdresser to take care and be safe on the battlefield. She told me not to worry – the only weapons the ladies were allowed to wield were brooms and spatulas.