…and we will be many people with many names and stories

I don’t have the paper clipping, so I naively searched ‘st.john’s working girl’ on Google. I am actually suprised how many Escort companies in St. J are using internet advertising.

My mother was the very first Working Girl of the Week. It was the mid-Seventies, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The local paper and radio station co-hosted the contest… and my mom won. Specifically she won a dozen roses and a gift certificate to a downtown restaurant. And she was proud as a peacock. The photo in the paper was the biggest prize: Her, smiling proudly at her desk at the telephone company, where she had worked her way up from late-night operator to manager. The radio host holds the gift certificate. He went on to marry the woman who taught me ballet throughout high school. He had a lot more hair in the newspaper photo than he did while announcing our ballet recitals, but these details aren’t necessarily important right now.

My mom showed me the newspaper clipping many times growing up and was very proud of her achievements at the phone company. She had awesome stories of her adventures at that time: working overnight shifts, going out with her girlfriends, romancing her ex-boyfriend ‘Moose’, breaking up with ‘Moose”… and so on and so on. She doesn’t even remember ‘Moose’ anymore. I wonder if the whole thing was just a ruse.

Eventually she married my dad. She changed her name.

Before she married, her name was Roxy Moss.

I guess things changed a bunch after she got married and had 3 little girls, but I imagine that she was just the same. She was just younger then. With a much cooler name.


About roxymoss

This blog is a spot to collect some writing and snaps and drawings! I love classic Days of our Lives, riding my bicycle and 'liking' things on Facebook when I have had too much to drink. xo roxy moss
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2 Responses to …and we will be many people with many names and stories

  1. sarah says:

    Yay! I’m looking forward to future posts!! Way to go Roxy Moss!!

  2. Amanda Kane says:

    Oh, Roxy…..though she has changed, mostly due to us no doubt, she is still the mosy hilarious unacknowledged eccentric I know! haha! Did I mention that I love this blog?? I am debating creating a sister blog, Rosey Moss, reflecting mom’s birth certificate drama which resulted in her finding out her true, documented name, “Roseanne”, as opposed to “Roxanne”…..remember that!?!? haha! Anon, this blog rocks like Roxy! xoxo

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