Reflective Reading Response
When I first read Shiloh, I had to go back and read the story again, which was frustrating because I had waited until the morning to read the story a second time. I am glad that I reread it though, because it completely changed my outlook on the story. At first, I looked at it from a shallow-minded perspective. All I looked at was the main ideas and blew off the rest of the material. When I read it for the second time, I found an appreciation for the literature we were reading. This appreciation came from knowing that this text made me think outside the box and question what I was reading. I questioned Norma’s loyalty to Leroy and their relationship. Then I realized that this was not happening the way I thought it was. Then there is her mother. That hit me at a personal level because I could relate. In fact, as we speak he is talking to my mother on Facebook. She contacts a lot of the people here at school, which she considers alright because she is mother, and is alumni here. I can relate to the feelings of having to build myself up to make up for what I thought others were lacking. I can relate to having to sneak around behind my mother’s back because of her nosiness and need to get involved in everything. Norma has to hide her marijuana addiction and her husband Leroy’s addiction as well. I connected to this story on a personal level, which made it an interesting and successful read for me.