Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of the picture book Salad Pie (Ripple Grove Press 2016), which has inspired imaginative children to go outside, pick up shiny crinkly gum wrappers at the park, and add them to a pretend pie. She has a humor piece in Emrys Journal Online and fiction forthcoming in The Emerson Review. You can find out more on her website.
My basement was the kind of basement that, when kids went down the stairs and saw the amount of toys down there, they stopped mid-step, clutched the handrail, and trembled with excitement.
My…basement was legendary to friends’ kids. There weren’t enough shelves or floor space for all the goods, so the toys scattered across the floor: Lego bins stacked beside illegally parked trucks, dolls splayed every which way, and pint-sized chairs formed an unattended tea party, complete with mini-porcelain dishes. But after one too many crippling heel… >> Read More