Tea and Portraits. A personal project to break the cycle of ‘seeing’ people on the internet but never actually seeing them. We meet for a cuppa, have a little chat and I take a portrait, or two…or three. Just good old fashioned human interaction. This is episode seven and my chat with the fabulous Bec…
If you could play one of the lead roles in a movie already made, which character would you choose and why?
‘Umm…I really like Kate Winslet….which movies is she in again?’ We laugh and I suggest perhaps ‘Titanic’. ‘I wouldn’t like to be in ‘Titanic’, cause I don’t like to get wet! Ummm….let me think…..OH! ‘The Holiday!’ That’s one of my favourite movies! It’s such a warm film. It warms the heart and makes me feel like drinking hot chocolate…and I love the little English cottage.’ I rudely interrupt to inform Bec she should clearly choose Cameron Diaz’s part instead. ‘Yeah, but I like Kate Winslet better.’ Laughter from all of us, including Bec’s eldest son who is nearby. ‘I’ll be Kate Winslet in her house before she goes on holiday….oh this is stupid…..’ Thinks for a moment. ‘Oh! Meg Ryan in ‘ You’ve Got Mail’. I LOVE her! I love her little book shop and all the little New York quotes. It’s just beautiful…..and she drinks Starbucks!’ Laughs. ‘Oh, I could give you so many different answers!’
Can you tell me the last time you felt really nervous?
‘Today!’ More laughter all round! ‘Ummm…..well, I’m nervous a lot!’ Pauses in thought. ‘I did a photoshoot for a family the other week and I was very nervous! I was shaking! But I had to put on a professional edge….and I did. I tell myself I can do it, to be courageous, and stand tall, and smile, and nobody knows I’m nervous!’ Pauses briefly. ‘Oh! And I had a homeschool visit recently! She came to check up on me and I was freaking out!! That was the one reason I didn’t want to homeschool because I was scared of the visit! But she came and it was awesome! But I was so scared! I was shaking when I was making her a cup of tea. But then she started talking to me, and I liked the attention, so I just couldn’t shut up!’ We both laugh! ‘That was a few weeks ago, I was very nervous but it was awesome.’
Can you tell me about three things you wished for as a kid?
‘A Cabbage Patch Kid. I wanted one so badly but my parents wouldn’t let me have one! They didn’t like them. So for one birthday as a joke, they gave me an actual cabbage and they put carrot eyes and a carrot nose on it. I carried it around all day!’ More laughter. Mostly at the mental image of a little Bec holding a freaky cabbage head. ’I also wished for eight children and a twelve seater van! That was my dream. That was my one ambition. Now I have four kids and an eight seater. I cut it down! And lastly I wished to go to Disneyland. I really wanted to go to Disneyland! That was my one thing. Oh and I wanted to be a movie star too! I always thought I’d be a brilliant movie star….but I couldn’t act!’
Ok, time for the quick seven…
Cupcake or muffin? ‘Muffin’
Cinderella or Rapunzel? ‘Rapunzel’
Jazz or classical? ‘Jazz’
Bracelet or necklace? ‘Necklace’
Modern or classic? ‘Modern’
Sticky tape or Glue? ‘Sticky tape’
Leather or Denim? ‘Denim’
Oh Bec! The girl I knew only from a brief meeting in person and then purely through Facebook. It was SO good to finally, really meet you. Who would’ve thought we’d have so much fun and seemingly quite a lot in common? What a treat! Thank you so much for having me in your happy home. I loved our chat and laughing with you. I also loved taking your picture and the fact that you let me put you in a whole bunch of weird shadows…no questions asked! You’re pretty darn awesome.