And I don’t mean me or you. My new renter is Jeremy C. Shipp of Haunted House Dressing. I invite you to go read his stories. He has an amazing way of taking the simple truths in life and repackaging them wrapped up in a fantasy. Here is a great example from his story Parsnip the Artist:
Every night before his mother could go to bed, she scrubbed his everything (but the paintings) until everything (but the paintings) returned to their original form. The boy, at the time, didn’t feel guilty about putting his mother to work, because cleaning was part of what made his mother his mother.
If you are a Mother you know that this is precisely how children think no matter how many times we yell “Why do you leave this place such a mess!” The whole story is quite remarkable. I kept expecting that it would turn out to be a shaggy dog story but no – it is not. It is simply a story that tells a truth with which we are all too familiar. Nice work Jeremy and welcome!