The Purposeful Mayonnaise is a combo deal literary and art journal and online platform. Today the team published Volume 1 Issue 4: Essence and one of my pieces of short fiction is in it!
When my Grandma Madeleine was four, her mother, Florence, took her and her two older sisters, five and seven, out to the Montréal shopping district to buy new shoes. It was 1934, almost five years into the Great Depression. Canada was hit hard, second only to the USA.
I’ve been addicted to it since I was fifteen and I was allowed to have it whenever I wanted, not just one on special occasions. In grade eleven, I got up to three per day: breakfast, after school, evening.
How do you feel about these off-the-wall names that some of my early Québecker ancestors gave their children? Girls SymphoroseTheotisteMarcellineJosephteApollineScholastiqueCedeliceHarmoniaZelire Boys SilfroyPolydoreEnguerrand
Before factory-made textiles, making fabrics took up such enormous amounts of female time that little girls had to start preparing for wifehood as soon as their fine motor control came in. Any spare minute women and girls had, their hands were busy …