I Stand Here Ironing


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  • Motherhood demands sacrifice.
  • MOM!
  • That time of motherhood is almost behind me when the ear is not one's own but must always be racked and listening for the child cry.
  • Innocence escapes youth.
  • I used to try to hold and love her after she came back, but her body would stay stiff, and after a while she'd push away. She ate little. Food sickened her, and I think much of life too.
  • You ought to do something about her with a gift like that-
  • Restrictions devastate aspirations.
  • Emily's Comedy Show
  • but without money or knowing how, what does one do?
  • Motherhood demands sacrifice.
  • And when is there a time to remember, to sift, to weigh, to estimate, to total? I will start and there will be an interruption and I will have to gather it all together again. Or I will become engulfed with all I did or did not do, with what should have been and what cannot be helped.
  • Innocence escapes youth.
  • Those are my toys!
  • Oh there are conflicts between the others too, each one human, needing, demanding, hurting, taking--but only between Emily and Susan, no, Emily toward Susan that corroding resentment.
  • Restrictions devastate aspirations.
  • We were poor and could not afford for her the soil of easy growth... My wisdom came too late. She has much to her and probably little will come of it.
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