Short Story Friday: “A Picture of My Father as a Young Man” by Eugene Woodbury

This will be our last Short Story Friday for a bit — this feature is going on hiatus for a month so that AMV can celebrate National Poetry Month (more on that when April hits). This week, we’re circling back to Popcorn Popping for a story by Eugene Woodbury.

Title: A Picture of My Father as a Young Man

Author: Eugene Woodbury

Publication Info: Popcorn Popping, Sept. 2006 [Wow — was it really that long ago?]

Submitted by: Eugene Woodbury

Why?: Eugene writes:

“This story is based on a true incident, the Schenectady/Glenville (New York) ward chapel burning down.”

Wm adds: What I liked about this story when we accepted it for publication was how it brings together the issue of children with much older parents (often the result of second marriages) and on how some generations of Mormons, those who were around when congregations paid for and built their own chapels, have a different relationship to their ward buildings than younger generations. In particular, it fits in to my own Mormon lit hobby of desiring more stories that deal with the issues that arose/arise out of the post-WWII Mormon diaspora.

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2 thoughts on “Short Story Friday: “A Picture of My Father as a Young Man” by Eugene Woodbury”

  1. .

    I just need to apologize for not reading and commenting yet. It’s been a crazy Friday and the weekend will be crazier.

    The first page was good, though!

  2. That’s a sweet story. I was going to say that it hardly seems realistic that the protagonist would never have thought of her father as a young man before. But — by coincidence — my dad recently sent me a DVD-ROM of a bunch of very old family photos he scanned and remastered, and it’s funny how illuminating old photos can be. I was really surprised by how much my dad looks like my younger brother. (I shouldn’t have been surprised, but the resemblance was more striking than I’d ever noticed since I’d never seen these photos of him as a young man.)

    Other surprises: my grandma (as a young woman) had exactly the same hairdo as Judy Garland, and my great-great grandpa looked like Teddy Roosevelt…

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