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Personal Response I Stand Here Ironing In this story the narrator tells the reader her first major struggle in life dealing with a newborn baby at the age of nineteen I cannot say that I can compare to the struggle Olsen is writing about but I can relate to the struggle of getting by in life and fighting to make ends meet For example the mother basically lived alone with her newborn child Emily and also had to work for both of them to survive I can relate to her mother because my parents do not support me financially in college therefore I have to work in order for me provide myself with food and living costs I realized that the mother never talked about her parents and never even asked them for help but rather gave Emily to her ex-husbands family I am the same way in which I dont ask anything from my parents because I made the choice to live on my own and take responsibility of my own actions In the beginning paragraphs of the story the mothers attitude is very negative to the teacher or maybe social worker that she is talking to The mothers attitude then turns around as she reminisces of her beautiful baby Emily and starts talking about her goodness Overall I feel that the mother feels guilty that she raised Emily with so much chaos and inconsistency which correlates to the shaky relationship the mother had with Emily As Emily gets older more of her talent is exposed and she really matures as a woman which helps her get along with her mother Overall the mother is very proud of her daughter and realizes that Emily can be independent now she is more than this dress on the ironing board helpless before the iron In this story I can relate to the daughter more than the mother because as a kid I
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