Mary treats Precious like a slave, beats her often and emotionally tears her down. Furthermore, Mary is scamming the system for welfare benefits, claiming to care for Precious’ first child and telling Precious that school is not important and will not help her in life so to settle and continue collecting the welfare check. One day, Precious is called to speak with her school’s principle who asks her to begin attending an “alternative” school being she is pregnant again and still in junior high school. Though Mary is furious that the Principle made this suggestion, Precious does begin attending the school and, through testing, it is determined that she is illiterate. The school begins to help Precious understand the opportunities that education with have on her life and the life of her children.
Angelica, a foster child in Kathy’s class soon to be displaced again was born the daughter of a drug addict. She had been labeled a troublemaker, yet the Harrisons took the thirty-hour training for foster and adoptive care and brought her home to adopt. Within six months, the family would also adopted Angie’s sister Neddy. This is when the Harrison family dynamic drastically changes and Kathy begins a journey with over a hundred foster children passing through her home seeking refuge. The foster care system, then as now was desperate for qualified homes.
Being that she is a great role model, my mother’s support and presence in my life has allowed me to grow as a person, keep my spirits high through hell and high water, prosper in all that I have done, as well as mold me to be a great person in the future. One of the many jobs a mother has is to help ensure that a child grows throughout the various stages of their
The story begins with Jodee’s description of how she was victimized in a 4th grade Catholic grammar school; coming to the defense of deaf children that were being treated cruelly. She supplied the school officials with names and was labeled a “tattletale.” No one would talk to her, recess was spent in anguish, and she would find garbage and spoiled food in her book bag. As she progressed into 5th grade some of the social atmosphere began to shift in subtle but profound ways. Being accepted into a clique was all that mattered. Instead of being admired for class participation, as in earlier years she was laughed at and labeled as “teacher’s pet.” She said the rules were simple “shun or be shunned—if you weren’t willing to go along with the crowd, you would become the reject.” Sixth grade Jodee enrolled at a private academy and the first few months were without incident.
Then as time passes by, her baby boy starts talking in English and she can’t understand, making her hurt badly. I can definitely relate to Mamasita’s experience to my mother’s experience when she arrived in America, New York to be exact. My mom missed her home in Colombia very much. She would try to do or listen to everything that she though wouldn’t make her feel so homesick but the realized just as well, that it made her feel even more homesick. My mom isolated herself from the world and didn’t meet anybody for the first 4 months.
There were all kinds of negative connotations attached to it if you were unwed. People assumed you were promiscuous, immoral, a drop-out, etc. “No one saw it as an accident that could happen to anyone,” said Deborah. Deborah was living in Lawrence and attending hairdressing school when she first got pregnant. She was still living at home with her parents and younger sister, but far from financially stable, as any teen mother would be.
The mother said, “When she finally came, I hardly knew her, walking quick and nervous like her father, looking like her father, thin, and dressed in a shoddy red that yellowed her skin and glared at the pockmarks. All the baby loveliness gone. (302)” Nevertheless, the mother is never there for Emily as she grew up. Emily tried to show her mother in different ways that she needed her, but she never seemed to catch the hint. For example, when Emily was two her mother sent her to a nursery school.
Instead of embracing the pain Abigail experienced through out her life and turning it into something positive for herself and others, she tried to change the past, and that only left her with more pain. Abigail was the middle child of three sisters. When Peace her younger sister fell in a well, their father and mother became distant with each other and in the end her mother threw herself off a cliff because she could not deal with the pain. When talking about her mother Miranda says, “Mother hardly cooked at all. And later she didn’t eat much.
Life didn't get better for Jodee for a while. She changed schools to avoid the bullies but nothing worked. The fact that she had a deformity didn't help things and she was terrified someone would discover her secret. She was scared to attend her high school reunion because she was afraid of how they would treat her. Ms. Blanco has been through a lot.
Kincaid was forced to drop out of school when she was 12 and help raise her brothers because he stepfather was sick and unable to work. Even though she enjoyed school and was very good in it, her mother felt she would be better served at home. At the age of 17, she was then forced to move to New York State in the U.S. to work as an au pair for a wealthy family to help support her family in Antigua. Once Kincaid was in New York, she refused to send money nor respond to letters from her mother due to the resentment she felt for her mother forcing her to leave school that she loved and then forced to leave the only home she knew and go to a foreign country. However, the move turned out to be a wonderful thing in her life because she not only was able ... ... middle of paper ... ...ects her to have the strength of her mother.