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on: December 21, 2019, 03:59:30 AM
PseudoPod 680: The Wild Wood

Author: Mildred Clingerman
Narrator: Karen Bovenmyer
Host: Alasdair Stuart
Audio Producer: Marty Perrett

“The Wild Wood” was originally published by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 1957



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It seemed to Margaret Abbott that her children, as they grew older, clung more and more jealously to the family Christmas traditions. Her casual suggestion that, just this once, they try something new in the way of a Christmas tree met with such teen-age scorn and genuine alarm that Margaret hastily abandoned the idea. She found it wryly amusing that the body of ritual she herself had built painstakingly through the years should now have achieved sacrosanctity. Once again, then, she would have to endure the secret malaise of shopping for the tree at Cravolini’s Christmas Tree Headquarters. She tried to comfort herself with the thought that one wretchedly disquieting hour every year was not too much to pay for her children’s happiness. After all, the episode always came far enough in advance of Christmas so that it never quite spoiled the great day for her.



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Reply #1 on: December 21, 2019, 02:22:43 PM
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Reply #2 on: January 22, 2020, 02:27:05 AM
Unfortunately, I struggled to follow this tale. I found the ending confusing. Pity... ???

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