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.
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.