Her mom was in a tremendous amount of pain and the drugs that they were prescribing her were not working to their full effectiveness. The doctors questioned Toni about what information her mom was withholding from them, she simply stated to the doctor and the minister that her mom was afraid of dying. The doctors told Toni about how her mom would often times request for a minister to come in but when he would she would change her mind. Toni knew that for to disclose such information about her mom that she would also have to address the hidden painful things in her own past. Reliving... ... middle of paper ... ...she deserved to be heard.
When the story begins, Gilly is very unhappy. She is eleven years old and unkempt. In the opening chapter we see her first meeting Maime Trotter and her opinion of her is not a nice one. Gilly thinks that the only way she can be happy is to find her mother and live with her. As she does not live with her mother she feels the need to rebel so that The Social Services will send her to her mother.
After Emily was born her mother, “with all the fierce rigidity of first motherhood, (I) did like the books said. Though her cries battered me to trembling and my breasts ached with swollenness, I waited till the clock decreed.” (Olsen 174). Then when Emily was two she went against her own instincts about sending Emily to a nursery school while she worked which she considered merely “parking places for children.” (Olsen 174). Emily’s mother was also persuaded against her motherly instincts to send her off to a hospital when she did not get well from the measles and her mother had a new baby to tend to. Her mother even felt guilt for her second child, Susan, being everything society deemed worthy of attention.
Esther’s mother’s incompetence to acknowledge what was wrong with her daughter played a major role in Esther developing depression. Esther had just received her first shock treatment at Doctor Gordon’s private hospital. It was an awful experience for Esther. The machine had been loud and there were blue flashes that jolted her. Doctor Gordon told Esther’s mother that after a few more treatments that Esther should be much better, however Esther never wanted to undergo these treatments again.
The mother in Tillie Olsen’s story, “I Stand Here Ironing” gives insight into the upbringing of her first child. We see she is guilty of neglect towards Emily and is distressed due to poor decisions that she had made rearing her daughter. The mother reflects on the past and thinks that her actions and “lack of” might have affected Emily. She is so engulfed in “what ifs” and “how could I’s” that she is practically beating herself mentally. Poor Emily received little attention when attention was needed, allowing us to condemn the mother for her actions.
Yes, life went on but grandma is still trapped in the past. When dad came home from the hospital she announces she has hired a new help. Dad has told grandma countless times why they had to cut down on the help but she refuses accept the fact, rather than helping herself. I am scared. I am scared I might lose another little sister.
My mom’s ambition to succeed in life has allowed her to grow into a wonderful person full of kindness and knowledge. Ambition is a great virtue to have, and that is one reason why my mother is my role model. My mother is a hard worker, she never... ... middle of paper ... ...mportant person in my life and I know that she will be always there for me with help, her love, and her care. She’s a wonderful person, she admires the beauty of life, and as a result she is always in a good mood. Now, like my mother, I’m a positive thinker, and I am a creative person who believes life is what you create it to be.
She spoke so sharply and had an amazing attitude with confidence in herself. This was not a little fragile girl but a girl that was ready to conquer the world and all this was given to her because I did not see her as a labeled girl. I was ecstatic to have been part of this magical thing. So, when people around her gave up and assumed she would never be normal or have a normal life they were proved wrong and they got to watch as her life blossomed. Eventually she returned to her mother and kept the skills we taught her.
But Aunt Celia, she just could not get over what had happened and did not have it in her to care for one baby much less two. It ate her up, tore up her inside. The children were being affected by her grief and unintentional neglect; nevertheless neglect is neglect and after the third breakdown Leah went to the authorities with her concerns. She was eventually made guardian for the children. If Aunt Celia had been ripped apart before, that ripped her apart even further.
Another piece of advice, don’t judge her in the way she responds or acts to different situations. She has wisdom and knowledge she could pass on to others. Discussed in our interview was what were some of her accomplishments, as well as some of her happiest moments in life. What could she tell her children about the first moment after giving birth, within that first moment of seeing them? Thelma and her children have a weird but awesome relationship.