Beth's Bio - Beth's Bio

Once upon a time, possibly in the hills of eastern Tennessee and Kentucky, a young, ill-fated couple met and fell in lust. They were young, as I said, so they called it love. As is often the case with young couples in lust who call it love, and who live in a society that thinks sex education is the devil’s work and why should we ever mention condoms or birth control of any sort to those most in need of it, one thing led to another which led to a baby.

The young woman’s parents had been through this before as she was their youngest and they had several grandchildren by this point. Being very poor and slightly religious, they didn’t believe in abortion or adoption, and their world included many babies conceived and born out of wedlock and so didn’t make too much of a fuss of the unexpected blessing their youngest was soon to bring into the world. They liked the young man’s family but thought he might just be a bit too feckless for their baby girl so they told her she didn’t need to marry him. She was in love (lust), though, and really wanted to.

Now the young man’s family also had a plethora of bastards floating about (indeed his parents who had at least 9 children had never been married) but his mom was friendly with the young woman’s family and thought her son should do the right thing, even though no one was sure what that was. He too was in love (lust) with the young woman, and while he was feckless and gossip had him wooing another sweetheart at the same time, he did marry the sweetheart who was obviously with child.

Five months later, a tiny little baby girl was born. The young man was incarcerated at the time (he was feckless and reckless, apparently) but the young woman, who was still living with her parents, wanted to feel like he was part of it all so she named the baby girl after his mom – and her mom. Fortunately, she had the foresight not to use their first names, because while Ethel’s and Edna’s were the Amy’s and Ashley’s of 1923, they would have been a slight disadvantage to a girl growing up in the 70’s and 80’s. So, to her future relief, the baby girl became Dorothy Elizabeth on paper and Beth in real life.

Her mamaw (grandmother to those outside of the hills), who was her favorite and therefore she became her mamaw’s favorite in return, told her stories and taught her multiplication tables and helped her learn how to read. In between being a bookworm and cuddling her mamaw, she played like a typical loud, rambunctious child with her sisters and cousins, running around the countryside like hooligans.

Finally, though, the reality of living in a depressed region of the country during a recession became too much for the ill-fated couple who had been divorced and remarried (to each other) by this point and they loaded up their three girls and moved to Milwaukee, much to the girls’ dismay but future fortune. The Milwaukee years for Beth were marked by continued poverty of which she, as is the way with children, was only peripherally aware, a few years of being married to god, a good stint in a decent public high school, where she fell in lust and love, and then -surprise-surprise- she went to college!

In college, she made great friends, discovered a passion for theatre, continued her passion for reading and stories as an English major, and while she behaved really freakin’ stupidly much of the time, she eventually graduated, met a great guy while waiting tables and being an actor, settled down, got married, bought a house, got a snake and two dogs, and has managed, despite the lust and the love and living in a world that still thinks sex ed is devil’s work, to not have any babies. She leaves that to others in her life, who allow her to be a literal and figurative aunt, which she loves.

And so, despite the ill-fated couple (who live in relative happiness hundreds of miles from each other now), a society bent on ignorance, and her own moments of feckless recklessness, the tiny baby girl is now relatively happy herself.

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