I started my next book for the challenge yesterday and I am enjoying it so much! I am reading Margaret Atwood's Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories, in which the title plays on the famous story of Bluebeard, the wealthy man who murdered his wives. Atwood's collection, however, explores the folklore of our individual lives. In the two stories I finished, a woman remembers her mother's favorite family stories. I loved these stories because Atwood creates colorful characters that are unique, yet could be found in any family. Every family has classic stories that everyone knows and loves to hear (or hates) over and over at holidays or reunions.
"If my mother had any reservations about being left alone on a remote farm with a three-year-old, no telephone, no car, no electricity, and only me for help, she didn't state them. She had been in such situations before, and by that time she must have been used to them. Whatever was goign on she treated as normal; in the middle of crises, such as cars stuck up to their axles in mus, she would suggest we sing a song." (27)
Do you have great family folklore? Share it with candid culture by posting in the comments section or emailing email@example.com. We'd love to hear your crazy family stories and maybe we'll share some of ours!