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Growing up today in most rural communities children are allowed to be children This means they are allowed to have fun enjoy life and not have to worry about working or paying the bills There arent many stresses or worries of the adult life Most parents today allow their child to have the innocence and unadulterated fun that comes with the privilege of the term Back in the 19th century things werent that much different On the contrary when things drastically change in ones family now and then the life of a child can drastically change In her text Growing Up American Lucy Larcom recants stories of growing up in Beverly Massachusetts Lucy grew up as one of ten children and for a large chunk of her childhood she was allowed to just be a child carefree and unrest Growing up in the mid-1800s Lucy was a typical rural girl up until the age of 8 In her baby life as Larcom calls it she talks about the street she grew up on and how she was so naive to what was going on my baby life knew it in all its queer original irregularities for it seemed to have a character of its own like many of its inhabitants Larcom 23 In her lane as a child Lucy was allowed to enjoy the novelties of her youth As one of 8 children Lucy enjoyed playing with her brothers The time she spent with them was very invaluable Though she enjoyed the company of her brothers and playing games with them she was still very much a girl 91 Lucy and her family were a middle class family by the standards of that time Not only were her brothers important to her family as a whole was very important for her as wellAnother pleasure
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