Cover Photo: photo by Fabrice Florin/flickr
photo by Fabrice Florin/flickr

When Your Family Business Isn’t a Family

“It was disingenuous to pretend we were all in this out of love.”

Gluten-free ice cream cones. Salted fava beans. 1kg of Slippery Elm Powder.

The Lord of the Rings

Today, the way I talk about the place—often calculated, I admit, to make people laugh—makes Strewn Earth sound a bit like a cult. The way the managers talked about it made it sound like a family. Actually, though, it was neither: It was a business.

care

after that

did

Thank god I escaped

talking Slowly, I realized I didn’t know.

Mikaella is an Australian writer currently based in Berlin. Previously she has been published in Overland Literary Journal, The Toast, and The Establishment, among others. Sometimes she takes a zinc supplement.