Edith Wharton…Pleased

Connie & Emily Tarjick, poet

Edith Wharton would have been enormously pleased at the event that took place at her former home – The Mount – on Saturday, April 29.

She would have been pleased with the guests: aspiring high school writers who participated in the Edith Wharton Writing Contest, families and friends, published authors, and people from near and far who simply love books and reading.

She would have been pleased at the world class staff that was on hand to show her house and her not-quite-blooming gardens and to make the guests feel welcome and at home.

She would have been pleased with the weather: perfect, blue, and sunny with a slight winter nip…but not enough to keep the group from gathering out on the veranda where Edith herself spent so many hours.

She would have been pleased at the number of young women who submitted to the contest; she would have been pleased that those young women stood confidently at the microphone to read their stories and poems. She would have been pleased that they were proud and not ashamed of their writing ambitions.

She would have been pleased (and perhaps a bit incredulous) at the stacks of her own books piled up in the gift shop on the lower floor, waiting to be shelved and offered for sale when The Mount officially opens its doors for the season on May 7th.

She would have been pleased that the home she built from the ground up was filled with wonderful people who had come for the afternoon to hear what new things the next generation of writers and poets has to say.

Edith Wharton would have been pleased.