It is other factors such as age and location that contribute to the relationship and determine the level of closeness. Emily’s lack of emotion towards her mother can be attributed to a number of issues in her youth. Since Emily was born, her mother had been working diligently to support the family. To make matters worse, she was only nineteen when Emily was born. Her husband left early on in Emily’s life and her mother was forced to leave her with friends or send her to day care.
While many single mothers worry too much or regret decisions during their children childhood they are satisfied with the result and the out come of there children by the actions their children make after they grown out of their childhood In “I stand here ironing” a mother depicts her first child to have a bad early childhood by making the wrong decision not by choice but simply what got handed to them in a urban world. “She was a miracle to me but when she was eight months old I had to leave her daytimes with the woman downstairs to whom she was no miracle at all, for I worked or looked for work and for Emily’s father who “could no longer endure sharing want with us.”” Narrator did not want leave her child with the downstairs neighbor, but to provide the little she could to her child she made scarifies due to been a one parent family. She did all she could even with the father figure leaving to irrelevant discussion on his part. When she sees the development of her child thru the years she gets warmth never felt. “Now suddenly she was Somebody, and as imprisoned in her difference as she had in anonymity.” In the narrators point of view her child was an outcast, a nobody, but when she got the call from her daughter it seem the sun finally started to shine in her daughter path, she was free.
I myself had to make this decision to return or not to work on February 9, 1979 when my son was born. I made the decision return to work after my son was born. Many people feel a mother should be at home with her child instead of working. Many families’ make the decision for mom to return to the working world due to these reasons’ income, self-esteem of mom, and the relationship with the child. Income has always been a concern for families and losing one income can be devastating to a family, and on the other hand there is the single mother that really does not have a choice, but to go to work and support her child.
Sarah contacted a close friend of hers to name Diana blue who is a pediatrician and is and atheist to receive some advice on her situation. Diana told Sarah that she works around special need kids every day and see how hard it is on the parents and it would be her best interest to spare her the stress and abort the child. Diana stated that there should be decrease in suffering in this world and an increase of happiness upon us humans. Sarah should consider her child right to live, gods will, and a choice that she can live with for the rest of her life. Ethical dilemma: Sarah has been trying to conceive her first child for quite some time and her wish has finally been granted.
This short story has reminded me of what my own mother is currently going through right now. She has lost everything from bankruptcy all the way to losing my step father to his affair with alcoholism. The feelings of loneliness and desperateness that I feel for my mother is what I experienced while reading this story. I feel as though my mother feels like there is no way out and could totally relate to Jennie and Jeff. I would love to fix everything for her but I know the only way is to keep going to school.
Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” is a short story about heritage. A thriller in which heritage is seen in different ways. In “Everyday Use”, Walker tells a story about the conflict between a daughter and her family. Even though, the character of Mama is poorly educated, she still knows the meaning of love of her heritage. She wishes to teach this to her two daughters but times have changed and her daughters have difference views of what they think heritage is.
No longer is she the joyous, playful baby her mother had raised. Now, Emily cries at the sight of her, “a clogged weeping that could not be comforted” (Olsen 233). Emily’s mother eventually has to send her to live with her ex-husband’s family for about a year, so that she may focus on work. Several years after Emily returned her mother had another baby, Susan. Sick with a fever, Emily could not see her mother or new sister for a week.
In “Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason, we are introduced to 34-year-old Norma Jean and Leroy Moffit, A married couple since the age of 18. The story portrays a dysfunctional marriage, caused by the death of their newborn infant Randy. Now 16 years later, Norma is finally going through changes that enable her to find herself. Which inevitably causes the end of her marriage. We observe these changes in her, as she tries to improve herself, her unhappiness with Leroy’s constant presence, and her inability to communicate with Leroy.
Kavita, Somer, and Asha, all struggle psychologically with the reality of the brutality they face as women. Kavita struggles to conform to the idea that she had to give her daughter up for adoption, and the fact that she might not even meet her. Somer is deeply affected by Asha’s desire to know who her biological parents are and the desire she has to meet them, and Asha is extremely affected by the sense of rejection she feels from her biological parents for not wanting her and putting her up for adoption. Kavita’s psychological suffering in the novel has to do with the loss of her daughters. Her psychological trauma begins with the brutality of the way her first daughter was taken away to die.
For the past six years she had battled breast cancer, an example of fortitude for all who had known her. Since our families were so close, I had seen how this woman had given herself completely to her children. I cried as I heard her children's grateful testimonies for such a wonderful, self-giving mother. As I watched this display of love for a mother so similar to mine, I thought how lucky I was to have my mother alive and well. Reflecting on my life, I realized that in many ways my values are the same as hers.