I Stand Here Ironing 3x3

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  • Mother's unspoken burden Power of regret Search for self
  • "You think because I am her mother I have a key, or that in some way you could use me as a key? She has lived for nineteen years. There is all that life that has happened outside of me, beyond me"
  • "I will become engulfed with all I did or did not do, with what should have been and what cannot be helped"
  • "Now suddenly she was Somebody, and as imprisoned in her difference as she had been in anonymity"
  • "She would call for me, and I would rouse from exhaustion to sleepily call back"
  • "I have edged away from it, that poisonous feeling between them, that terrible balance of hurts and needs I had to do between the two, and did so badly, those earlier years"
  • "She fretted about her appearance, thin and dark and foreign looking at a time when every little girl was supposed to look...a...replica of Shirley Temple"
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