The Girl in the Farm Bucket

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a famous actress.

I really did.


 My cousins would come over and my sisters and I would put on productions with them.

I was the baby, so when everyone else was 6 or older and had great reading levels, I was 3 and merely figuring out the alphabet.

So, my sisters and cousins would graciously create big roles for me to play.  They always tried to make me feel like I was a big deal. 

My family had a console tv, with rabbit ears, and 2 channels, SO we had two options for entertainment: 47 rounds of watching The Sound Of Music OR put on plays. 

We mainly put on plays.


I’m not sure how many of you liked the American Girl Dolls, but we LOVED them. 

Fun little fact: There are more items than the doll, they come with plays that you can act out.

Our favorite:The Kirsten Play. She was a farm girl.

For us, living on a big piece of land with cows, sometimes pigs, and our donkey named Moe, we felt closest to Kirsten.

Let me remind you, I couldn’t read when we first started these productions. So, I was normally costume director, sound affect lady, or they would give me a roll IN the production and I would be the man who gives Kirsten’s Pa directions to their new home at the end of the play. 🙂

I’m telling you, I was the BEST at acting out that stranger on the hill giving directions.

You see, my dad had this old tin bucket with a farm painted on the side of it.  It was always decor for the fireplace (which acted as the perfect “hill” in our imaginations.)

Well, because my character was in a far off place and the story was set on a farm, it was only logical for me to stand in that bucket on the fireplace and ACT. 



It was where it all started for me.  You see, I went on to become a famous actress.  At the age of 11, I starred as an extra in the movie Big Fish by Tim Burton.

Fun fact: They needed 5,000 extras from the city of Montgomery, and I was one of the lucky few.  Let me tell you, I thought I was the JAM for being in that movie.  AND all of my cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, all bought tickets and we went to watch it on the big screen together.

I was a little blurry in the background BUT YOU CAN SEE ME, and I met Ewan McGregor. 

The dream of acting faded.  I eventually got over it when my parents got cable and I started watching E! True Hollywood Story.

But there is a new dream that plays in my head daily. A dream that takes up my mind and my husband’s mind. It is one that we KNOW will come to pass, it’s just a waiting game.

Last night we took a step towards that dream.  It was a major baby step but a step.

But I was thinking this morning …


 Everyone has to be the girl in the farm bucket before they become the extra in Big Fish. 

4 thoughts on “The Girl in the Farm Bucket

  1. My wonderful, actress, entrepreneur, risk-taking, beautiful daughter! I got the call from Sony one afternoon. “Mr. Plunkett, we would like your daughter to be an extra in our film.” That’s not a call you get everyday. Laura had BEGGED me to take her to sign up for the film, and I did. After that long wait in line and all those people I thought there is no way my little aspiring actress has a chance. Lesson learned: Never underestimate Laura Jean!!

    When asked by the casting director what she could do in the film (we had just arrived for her to be fitted for the clothes she would wear), Laura replied, “I’ll do anything but get naked!!” The director looked at me and said, “Well we are certainly in the South now aren’t we LAURA JEAN!” “Yes ma’m”, she said with a smile, “we are!”
    Love you baby!!

  2. LOVE THIS!! Thankful to get to be in the audience watching as the next scene in your lives plays out. With God as the author, the excitement of what is to come will be amazing!

  3. I cannot wait to see what’s next. I would not be surprised if you publish a book in the near future. I know it would be on the best seller list!

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