As a journalist, one of the first tricks I learned was to listen closely when people start to whisper.
This served me well at the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low yesterday.
Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low died childless and unmarried of breast cancer.
But what they don’t tell you is WHY she died alone and childless. That she was practically divorced.
I overheard the tour guide telling another couple… Well let me tell you the official story first. The family friendly version.
Juliette was a talented artist… she made sculptures and paintings and ceramics. Her parents didn’t approve of her suitor. Took them three years to believe he could take proper care of her.
She married, moved to England to be with her husband, and several years later her husband started having an affair. Eventually he filed for divorce.
But while the divorce was being arranged, he died. He had written Juliette out of his will in favor of his mistress.
She returned to the States with nothing. Lived in her parents’ house as her brothers helped her fight for her share of her husband’s estate. She ended up with her father-in-law’s house in Savannah, the Andrew Low house.
She died there. And founded Girl Scouts there.