Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America

My oldest sister was at the window the first thing this early morning.  She was worried it may be snowing and she would not be able to attend a celebration.   But the snow was packed on the road and was not drifting. That is good.   She has been invited to the home of her dearest friend.  They have been friends for a very long time.  Almost five years.  I have been friends with Josh and Brent for that long.  I wish she could see them too. Her friend is hosting a Twelfth Night Party.  There will be much eating and drinking and perhaps some dancing.  There will even be a king or a queen to rule over this party.  My sister would really like to be the Queen.  She has been arranging her hair many times.  I had to leave the room because I was “chattering.”

There will be a wonderful cake….a Twelfth Night Cake.  Everyone who has a piece must chew carefully.  There is a coin baked inside the cake.  whoever finds the coin becomes the King or the Queen of Twelfth Night.  I fear that my sister will be so hasty to discover if she has the coin that she may chip her tooth.  Wouldn’t that be horrid??? Sister’s friend and her family have costumes and will entertain everyone with plays.  I would so love to be present.  I might be the one to find the coin and be the Queen.  My sister would not be happy about that at all. But Mother said it is a party for young people and not children.  She told me that in 1759 in Williamsburg, Virginia, George and Martha Washington were married on Twelfth Night.  I wonder if Martha found the coin?

by Mary Beekman

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