THE YEAR WAS 1995 and a 5th grade Alice was watching 1776 the musical every day and writing short stories about it for class. John Adams sure was great in that.
THE YEAR WAS 2002 and a high school senior Alice was weirdly not finding any guys in her high school to have a crush on, so she decided she would say she was going to marry John Adams because he was short and talked all the time and argued with everyone and wore ruffled sleeves in a very becoming way.
|she also had this picture in her locker|
THE YEAR WAS 2010 and a 25-year-old Alice decided that for her golden birthday, she would go to Quincy, Massachusetts and visit all the John Adams spots because sure why wouldn't you do that for your 25th birthday.
|The trolley on the National Parks tour|
|John and Abigail's home, Peacefield|
|Climbing onto pedestals and hugging statues, to the mortification of my friend|
|John and Abigail in the crypt of their Unitarian church|
|Abigail's sofa in the John Quincy Adams Library|
|Suck it, Chernow|
John Adams is peevish and adorable and great. And I will forever owe him a debt of gratitude for being my high school beard.