Parenthood is watching your children learn and grow, and knowing each day brings you closer to your separation.
The White Man in Jimmy
Why won't he allow me to give him an Eskimo kiss?
Elsa has a child to a soldier that she will never know the name of. " 'I don't know what it is.' 'You don't even know his name!' " (Pg 15)
An Awkward Moment
' "By raising your child apart," ' he said, "you run the risk of losing him even before it is natural for a child to leave his mother." ' (pg 49).
School Drop Out
I miss my old friends...
"She believed now that she must change everything about the way she was bringing up her child. If she were not very careful, the white men would be quite capable one day or another of taking him away from her- the more so as he was one of their own and she had never felt that her own right to him was complete" (pg 51).
I'm leaving, mother...
"Elsa's pleasant, slightly troubled face was the colour of half-charred wood/ He did not greet her as excitedly as on her previous visits. When she approached to rub her nose against his in the Eskimo caress, he even made a tiny movement of withdrawl and looked away impatiently" (pg 100).
"He was becoming a problem and quite truthfully she no longer knew how to handle him. Elsa made a show of understanding, said she would do her best to find a way and managed to keep control of herself until she had escaped this woman who, while accusing Jimmy, had looked as if she held his mother responsible" (pg 123).