Hello, My Dears!
I’m writing this a few days after Valentine’s Day, which means when I go to the grocery store later this afternoon, I’ll find everything I need for dyeing Easter eggs and filling my Easter basket. But I’m not ready to give up celebrating love yet, which is why this month’s Quilt Fiction podcast features a love story – of sorts. As I recorded and edited “Persimmon Moon,” it occurred to me that although it includes a touch of romance, it’s really about two sisters who are trying to take care of each other – awkwardly and imperfectly, for sure, but with love as their true motivation.
It’s funny that I just realized this about a story I wrote six or seven years ago. “Persimmon Moon” is in my story collection, Margaret Goes Modern, and while I remember exactly where I sat when I wrote it (which is exactly where I’m sitting now, with exact same dog sitting by my side) and the season in which I wrote it, I don’t recall now exactly when I wrote it. I do recall that I was under the spell of Sarah Allen Addison’s magic realism after spending time with her books (which include Garden Spells and The Girl Who Chased the Moon, among others). I haven’t read her new one yet; have you?
Speaking of romance, Clifton and I attended a wedding last night. I’m pleased to report that the bride was beautiful, the groom clearly smitten, and that although we arrived knowing none of the other guests, we left having made several new friends. Did I cry during the ceremony? Of course I did! Am I making the lovely couple a quilt for a wedding present? Do you even have to ask?
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P.P.S. Back from the grocery store–look what I found: