I am pleased to share the news that my short story, “The Pilgrimage,” has been published in the Vol. VII #9 issue of The Woven Tale Press. (See page 55.) In addition to publishing fiction and poetry, The Woven Tale Press features a good selection of contemporary visual art. I’d encourage you to check out their website: https://www.thewoventalepress.net/.
“The Pilgrimage” is that rare breed of story for me, a serendipitous what-if story.
The serendipity arrived with my becoming the keeper of The Family Archives after my mother had finished writing her family history. As I was idly going through the photographs, documents, and ephemera, just to see what I had, I ran across the above photograph. The girl is my mother, flanked by her Great-Aunt Etta and her Great-Aunt Jenn.
At around the same time, while family history was on our minds, my husband and I took a trip down to Cambridge, Massachusetts to look for the Brown family plot in Mount Auburn Cemetery, where my mother’s parents are buried.
When we returned home and I went back to the picture of my mother and her great-aunts, the pillar they are standing in front of reminded me so much of Mount Auburn that I wondered:
What if this young girl’s mother told her to drive the two elderly women to Mount Auburn Cemetery for their annual visit without telling her the purpose of the visit?
What would happen?
Why did the two old ladies insist on going to Mount Auburn Cemetery once a year, no matter what?
And what did they do once they got there?