3x3 theme statements for "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen
Three Word Thing
Children Need Love
You should smile at Emily more when you look at her.
Talent Can Surprise
Mother, I did it. I won, I won; they gave me first prize; they clapped and clapped and wouldn't let me go.
Regret Will Linger
"What in me demanded that goodness in her? And what was the cost, the cost to her of such goodness."
Not To Be Contaminated by Parental Germs or Physical Affection
"Then: Was this Emily? The control, the command, the convulsing and deadly clowning, the spell, then the roaring, stamping audience, unwilling to let this rare and precious laughter out of their lives."
My wisdom came too late.
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