In all three of the short stories, Olsen 's "I Stand Here Ironing" (Olsen 233-239), Tan 's "Two Kinds" (Tan 240-248), and Walker 's "Everyday Use" (Walker 249-256), the mother has suffered a significant personal loss. The mot...
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...is difficult during the best circumstances and the love between a mother and daughter will not always be externally evident. Unfortunately, mothers and daughters do not come with a user manual. There is not a troubleshooting guide that points a mother to her own mistakes. The mothers in all three stories would certainly have benefited from one. It is important to remember that daughters test who they are with their mothers because it is the safest place to do so. This is evident in the daughter 's behavior in "Two Kinds" (Tan 240-248). Despite her repeatedly testing her mother 's patience, her mother never gave up on her. She consistently tried to get her daughter to understand her value. This is a shared objective of many moms. Even through the struggles, they continue to hope their daughter understands their value and finds contentment amidst their opportunities.
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