Though I grew up in a wooded part of Connecticut, I felt some nature shock when my husband and I bought a house here. Twenty-two years in apartments had offset the eighteen years I’d spent in my mother’s home, which sat among the same tree types I’m looking at right now: hemlock, arborvitae, birch, oak, ash. When we found a mouse in our furnace room last winter, I sort of unraveled. Inspired by one of my boys’ favorite bedtime books, Laura Numeroff‘s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, I wrote about the mouse. Dinty Moore at Brevity accepted “If You Find a Mouse on a Glue Trap” for publication, and, well, I don’t think it’s too much to say I am elated.
Issue 59 is out today. I just finished reading the other pieces. “Our Bodies and Blood,” “The Cremation,” “Ace of Spades” … there’s blood in this issue. Blood and death, some of it killing. And animals. And mothers.