Grandma’s Cupcake Stand, Jessica Ashworth
Mom and I built a planter box in the spot where the oak tree used to be, before it was killed by Tussock Moths. We planted patty-pan squash, Tuscan Melon, blue pole beans, strawberries, and corn. One day, in early summer, she went outside to water the garden, and found the corn destroyed—the stalks bent, cobs on the ground, husks still green, every kernel gone. I watched her face from inside the house. She called me, and I walked slowly, counting each step, through the back door, across the grass. When finally I arrived, she asked, what happened? I said, the squirrels must have got them.
I’d eaten every unripe cob, one at a time, until I was sick. The kernels were hard, and each bite hurt my teeth, but I was curious to know if the next one would taste as bad as the one before. Mom never planted corn again. She says, the squirrels will just eat them before they’re ripe.
About the Author
Morgan Corona · University of California, Santa Cruz
About the Artist
Jessica Ashworth · Marshall University
Jessica Ashworth holds a degree in Art and Design from Marshall University, where her emphasis was on ceramics and photography. “Grandma’s Cupcake Stand” first appeared in Et Cetera.