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Struggles are a part of life Everyone goes through them and everyone handles them in a different way Struggling change peoples lives in so many ways to losing a family member to not having enough money to eat you never know Struggling is not planned it just happens You have to struggle in order to succeed It takes a strong person to make it through the storm These three poems touched me in a way because they made it through Then at first she tells us that she doesnt miss her mother after she has died and I almost made to believe that she is confused by this lack of feeling Losing someone close to oneself it more than enough pain but losing a mother is worse Waking up every morning knowing your mother is not there Any normal human being would be beyond hurt if they lost their mother For example my mother is my world and I wouldnt be able to breathe without her I dont know what to feel or how to think without my mother She gives me life For the author to feel this way about her mother was kind of shocking to me She recalls feeling guilty for not feeling enough happiness at Christmas after her mothers great efforts as if somehow her unhappiness was not a product of their relationship Next its not until the next paragraph when she mentions her mothers destruction that we catch that she is actually aware of why shes not grieving Her mother was in so much pain when she was alive that it was scary Just when I started to assume that Derricottes mother didnt have any feelings she started to bring up memories of love and care She told me all my life she loved me as if she completely forgot the hundred slights humiliations threats and insinuations The way Derricotte describes her mothers personality it seems to say something about
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