birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Miss Catherine

Grandmother Catherine was bossy and short-tempered when I knew her. She played Russian Bank for hours with her third husband Chuck, she tried to teach me but was easily frustrated. That summer was sweltering, I was 14 and it was my first time in the midwest. When she was 16 she drove her father to the hospital as he was having a heart attack, he died in the car. My mother was born in 1927 so Catherine must have been born around 1905. She lied about her age so we don’t know for sure.


Bigmama and Grandma