Teach your daughters to be intimidating in a pretty dress
A pretty woman with her daughter sews a dress for a doll Mom teaches her daughter by sewing with a needle and thread.
A cute woman with her daughter sews a dress for a doll.
Expensive soap, the kind you really liked, and I took off the cellophane wrapper and I pressed an engagement ring into the soap, and then I wrapped it back up and gave it to you.
Tell me how it happened.’ ‘We were totally in love,’ he said. So, one Valentine’s Day, I bought you a bar of soap.
I saw myself in a library and recalled vague ideas of writing a thesis concerning feminist theory and early twentieth-century literature, though really it was just something I could be doing while I worked on novels, something my mother might not understand but would at least see as legitimate. And that was that.’ I tried to picture the scene, to remember the two of us, young, in a library, surrounded by soggy papers, laughing. I imagined how every couple must love the story of how they met – who first spoke to who, what was said – yet I have no recollection of ours.
’ ‘You’d graduated in English,’ he said, and an image flashed in front of me, quick and sharp. I would always be amazed at how beautiful you looked, but I could never bring myself to speak to you.’ I laughed. You said it ought to be you buying me one, to say sorry, and I said OK then, and we went for a coffee.
Mom teaches her daughter by sewing with a needle and thread.
My ambitions would disappear and all I would want to do was have children.
He smiled, and shuffled along the bench so that we were touching. I began to recoil, then remembered he is not a stranger but the man I married.