What I thought of "I stand here ironing"
I just read a short story, "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen, and I enjoyed reading it. The author portrayed the storyline with a lot of love. A relationship between a mother and her daughter going through tough times. As they grow, their relationship develops from down hill to up hill and vise versa.
One line from "I Stand Here Ironing" that stands out for me is " Only to help her know-...- that she is more than this dress on the ironing board, helpless before the iron." I thought this quote was the most meaningful quote out of the whole story. The mother is saying that, if all fails, she still wants her daughter to know that she isn't weak and helpless like a dress before an iron.
Another line that stood out for me was "-too late for Emily". I feel bad for Emily. I could feel the pain she went through. When you're young you'd want to be spoiled. All the attention on you. But her mother was too busy for that. When her mother didn't give her any emotions like "Smile more when you look at her" she gets hurt thinking her mother doesn't care. She's in her young stage of childhood and her mother can scar her for the rest of her life.
I would like to read more of Tillie Olsen's writings. It makes me reminisce about my times when I was younger and it brings back happy and sad feelings.