The Upside Of Hunger Extras
Adam could smell onions on his mom’s hands as she leaned down and fastened the top button of his coat under his chin. The dirt floor and thick mud walls of the little kitchen held the chill of the winter air.
The boxcar smelled of manure and fear. Forty people and just one small window on each side, eye level for Adam if he stood on his tiptoes. Most others wouldn’t be able to see out at all.
If you’ve already read Upside, you’ll recognize the story as Adam relays it in the following 5-minute recording. Enjoy…
This story didn’t make the final edit, but it’s one that stuck in my mind from the first time I heard Adam tell it. Maybe it kind of set the tone for the story in my subconscious. I think you’ll enjoy it whether you’ve read The Upside of Hunger yet or not. It takes place in early 1929, on a beautiful, warm day in late spring.
About The Author
Roxi Harms is a first-born, bossy, type A, recovering businesswoman. After a fast-paced career at a multi-national software company and then operating a highly successful consulting firm she co-founded, she surrendered to the pull of the written word, succumbing to a life-long affliction whose first symptom was begging her grade one teacher for more reading and writing homework.
At eight, she inquired earnestly of her mom what jobs she could get when she grew up, that would pay her to read all day. Born into a remote Mennonite community in northern British Columbia, Canada, she spent her childhood surrounded by hardworking farmers and loggers, then completed high school in a slightly bigger nearby community of some 2,000 residents before curiosity about the world beyond the horizon, and hunger for bigger challenges drew her away. But the grounding of that simple childhood has never faded, and the increasing complexity of the world continually strengthens her appreciation of those early years.
Roxi loves nothing more than the joy of discovery, whether it be exploring distant shores or losing herself in a story well told, curled up with a book in the creaky old swinging chair on the porch of her cabin on Okanagan Lake, in British Columbia, Canada. Find out about Roxi’s storytelling at www.roxiharms.com.
All profits will be directed to the Adam Baumann & Roxi Harms scholarship fund, benefiting kids with promise, who can't afford tuition.