Last weekend (June 23, 2017) I served as a docent for the 57th annual Beaufort Old Homes Tour. I’ve done this a number of times because it’s always fun.
Rated one of the top tourist events in the South, the Tour attracts people from all over the country. Some people come to see historical homes. Others come to get ideas on interior decorating. Everyone enjoys the brief stories about the individual homes and the people who lived there.
Not everyone enjoys history, however, so I always include a touch of humor to lighten things up. One of the former owners of the house I was assigned was a jeweler. He installed unique locks on each bedroom door. When the current owners moved in, they found a bag of old keys. “Good thing,” I said. “You can’t find keys like that at Ace Hardware.” I’m no comedian, but that little line always brought smiles and a few chuckles.
My novel, American Gold, is far from a comedy, but I’ve sprinkled in bits of humor. Sometimes they show immigrant optimism, other times they contrast with challenges yet to come. Not only does a reader get a break, the characters who voice the comment show a different side of themselves.