orbs, and the pleasure and knowledge of every thing in
them, shall we be fill'd and satisfied then?
kiss you with a good-by kiss and open the gate for your egress hence.
On the day we filmed, Carly was visiting with her grandmother Mary. It was really fascinating to watch them interact -- watching each assert her own personality alongside the other. Clearly these two are close and each is who she is.
In the video you see Carly rub her toes against her grandma's ankle, nestle her head against her shoulder when she gets sleepy…And when Carly wraps her arms around her grandma's neck and yells "Save me!" Mary's smile is large and she's there for the embrace.
Mary seemed poised and reserved. Carly, cheeky and funny. The wise grandparent and the just as wise grandkid. Teacher and student. Serious and goofy. With all this, Carly said that she and her grandma are a lot alike.
"We both like to read," Carly said. "And she likes grammar and so do I. Because it's all about people and things and places and what people do ... every time I go there, she has a LOT of books for me."
Carly's favorite book is Cam Jansen and the Mystery of Flight 54. (Coincidentally, over 35 years ago, I also adored the Cam Jansen series of books.) Cam's a super sleuth in the fifth grade with a photographic memory. She's a strong, smart, tells-it-like-it-is young person. I think Carly allowed our cameras to capture pretty clearly why she is drawn to that character.
Both of them also took the process of reading Verse 46 of "Song of Myself" very seriously.
"It was a great experience," said Mary. "I love poetry, and I taught Whitman when I was teaching high school, and it just took me back to those days."
"Every day either I [practiced the verse] in the morning and then I did it in the afternoon and before I went to bed," said Carly. "I was kind of nervous at first," she said, "and after I got done with it, I was very excited. Because everybody was telling me I had done so well!"
by filmmaker Jenn Crandall as told to writer Liz Hildreth