I Stand Here Ironing
By rwilks, Updated
Three major themes of the short story "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen.
"I knew Emily hated it even if she did not clutch and implore "don't go Mommy" like the other children."
Past Is Unchangeable
"I used to try and hold and love her after she came back, but her body would stay stiff, and after a while she'd push away."
Love Never Fails
"Where does it come from, that comedy? There was none of it in her when she came back to me that second time, after I had to send her away again."
Talent Will Prevail
Ha! That's hilarious!
"We were poor and could not afford her the soil of easy growth. I was a young mother, I was a distracted mother."
"She comes back in, [and] kisses me."
Ha ha ha!
"She began to be asked to perform at other high schools, even in colleges, then at city and statewide affairs."
Bravo! hee hee!
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