Mary Selden-Hardesty Condescends To Share @AprilA2Z

I couldn’t persuade Mary to anything so vulgar as to blog, but she wrote a note on thick, cream-colored stationary with a stationer’s watermark and her name embossed in the corner.

By way of revenge, here is the picture I drew of her.

The Dragon Lady

The Dragon Lady

Here is the text of her note.

When I was young, my dear grandmother introduced me to cucumber sandwiches. I loved them then, and I’ve loved them ever since. Alexander, our cook, makes them just the way Grandmother’s cook did, which I find rather extraordinary.

One bakes a loaf of bread, which one slices very thin. One removes the crust.

One makes mayonnaise from fresh egg, some sort of oil, fresh lemon, and other items you’ll have to ask your own cook about. [NOTE FROM MA: Here are my recipes for bread and mayonnaise. So there.]

One pares the rind from a fresh cucumber — seedless, of course — and slices it as thin as onion paper.

One spreads mayonnaise very thinly on two slices of bread, layers some cucumber slices on one, and tops it with the other. [NOTE FROM MA: some dill is good in there, too.]

— Mary Seldon-Hardesty

I count four ones, but I believe you could get by with fewer people than that.


Hop over to My Life Lived Full. Good stuff.

ArtichokeMary Seldon-Hardesty appears in A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE, where she indulges her hobby of looking down her nose at people. The book is available through Indiebound and at Amazon in print and for Kindle and free Kindle apps.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Who looks down on your main character? How does your MC respond?



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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Mary Selden-Hardesty Condescends To Share @AprilA2Z

  1. Jane

    April 15, 2015 at 7:30am

    Like that writing prompt.

    Now, that sort of conflict really does stir the pot in a story!

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  2. Dan

    April 15, 2015 at 8:14am

    Until I was quite old, I thought cucumber sandwiches were a made-up concept. I really didn’t think they existed in real life. These sound good, but I’m sure I would eat the ingredients before I got them made (crust, rind and all) 🙂
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      Marian Allen

      April 15, 2015 at 9:01am

      I hear that on eating the ingredients, Dan! Cucumber sandwiches are very nice, but a big fat slice of crusty bread and a bowl of salted cucumber chunks are more my speed.
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  3. Jeremy

    April 16, 2015 at 4:58am

    Never could do cucumber sandwiches, not that they are not good… I have a weird thing where certain foods cannot touch each other. I know some odd phobia that most likely exists. Brumotactillophobia is it, looked it up…

    Okay I wanted to stop over and thank you, you know! THANK YOU!

    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2015]

    There’s no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!

    Come Visit: You know you want to know if me or Hollywood… is Nuts?
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      Marian Allen

      April 16, 2015 at 7:50am

      Which foods touching put you off cucumber sandwiches, Jeremy? I’m guessing mayonnaise and cucumbers? What are some others?

      I’m glad to hear there’s a word for that; I used to hate for foods to be mixed. I could tolerate maybe two or three identifiable ingredients. If I had salad, I only wanted lettuce and tomato. No casseroles! No stir-fry!

      It’s different now. I still prefer a limited number of ingredients, but that’s because I’m lazy, not picky. lol
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