Flypaper thoughts International Women’s day edition

  • Last week contained International Women’s Day
  • Which got me thinking
  • Writing is spitting up into my head and onto the page what I’ve been noticing
  • Over a lifetime
  • Which is this
  • There’s nothing ordinary about ordinary women
  • My mom was born premature, this baby’s going to die they said
  • The aunts took her home and put her in an apple basket
  • You know the quart kind with a wooden handle
  • Wrapped her up and put her in a corner of the window
  • It was January in Winnipeg Manitoba and they invented the incubator
  • She turned 95 two months ago
  • I worked with a man who had a brother
  • Who turned up young on the doorstep after the war
  • Good old dad had fathered him when he was off in the war
  • My boss’s mother took this boy in and turned him into a son
  • After spending five years on her own during the war raising the family on her own
  • How did she feel when she opened that door?
  • I look down my street and I see too many old men retiring into the Lazy Boy recliners
  • Doesn’t happen to the women
  • We reinvent ourselves over and over again our whole lives
  • There’s nothing ordinary about ordinary women
  • And that’s a story worth telling

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