It is January 1937, in Haarlem, Holland, Corrie Ten Boom wakes up very excited hoping that it was not foggy outside, but hoping that it would be sunny and have bright weather outside.Corrie was also excited because it was the centennial of the watch shop that her family runs. Throughout the day the shop was being filled with flowers and customers. Corrie speaks about her life as a six year old in 1898 starting school. Corrie was living with her older sister Bestie. Bestie has talked to Corrie about dressing properly and respecting authority. At this time her parents still had the watch shop, but they were making little money. Corrie didn’t want to go to school, but her father made her. When Corrie gets older her older brother Willem goes to college. Corrie has fallen in love with one of Willems friends Karel. Corrie and Karel were dating for a while, then Karel brought another girl to Corrie. Corrie believes that if God wanted that relationship to work God would have let it. Corries Aunt, Aunt Jane goes to the doctors and finds out she has diabetes. Once Corries aunt was diagnosed with diabetes, she was given four weeks to live. Corrie was graduating in the spring so that means she has more house chores to accomplish. Corries mother suffers with strokes but can no longer receive medicine. World War 1 is coming to an end and Corries mother has another stroke and then goes into a coma for two months. Corrie and her family pray, hoping that she will awake from the coma. When
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It is clear that Francie loves Johnny more than anyone else in the world, nevertheless, she owes her motherly attributes to Sissy Rommely. Sissy, Francie’s aunt, is kind and caring toward all people regardless of the age, race or gender. Francie and all who know Sissy view Sissy as a mother figure, despite her promiscuous reputation. Francie believes that Sissy is loose with men because of her determination to give as much as she can to anyone. Francie adores Sissy, and Sissy’s maternal actions are the inspiration to Francie’s fantasies about starting a family of her own. Sissy makes frequent visits to the Nolan house and constantly checks on the children’s well-being, just as a mother would watch over her own children. If someone mistreats one of the children, such as Francie’s elementary school teacher, Sissy makes sure to give them a piece of her mind. Sissy’s protective nature of the Nolan children shows Francie the lifestyle of a caring mother.
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Flashbacks to Tom’s previous rugby games with his brother re-affirm the loss he feels towards his old life. Tom feels the need to have everything the way it once was, and Coghill can’t replicate the joy he found in the endless afternoon training sessions with Daniel and his father, nor the adulation of the local community.
Since her mother paid her little attention and her brothers and sisters were older and had different interests, Clara often felt ignored or overly childish in this grownup family. In fact, her "childhood became a series of repeated attempts to express her own needs and proclivities, to shake off dependence, and to overcome the neglect and ridicule she felt were so often her lot" (Pryor 1987. p,10).
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I highly recommend Caroline Corrigan for acceptance to the University of Rhode Island. She hopes to study pharmacy in their great program. Caroline is an excellent, well-rounded student who strives to do the best she can inside and outside of school. She is a great example to others and a great leader. Caroline would be a wonderful asset to the University of Rhode Island, just as she is to her current school, Mount Saint Charles.
Her job and dialect optimize the way she grew up, and how the expectations of her upbringing limit her future, as being a working class woman she is expected to get married, have children and then become a housewife, ‘I should've had a baby by now. Everyone expects it.’ There were no further expectations for women and certainly no need for them to have an education, ‘Denny gets dead narked if I work at home’. Rita doesn’t like the housewife stereotype and decides to rebel against it by taking the pill and starting a formal education, ‘But I mean, I don't want a baby yet. No. I wanna discover meself first.’ Rita’s family refuse to see the benefits that this could give her and this leads her father to feel sorry for Denny and to feel annoyed at Rita’s lack of commitment to her family, ‘Denny, I'm sorry for you, lad. If she was a wife of mine I'd drown her.’ When Rita thinks about quitting the course to please her family, it’s her mother’s unintentional comment at the pub, ‘There must be better songs than this,’ which drives her forward in the course, ‘And I thought, ‘All I'm doing is getting an education. Just trying to learn. And I love it. It's not easy, I get it wrong half the time, I'm laughed at half the time but I love it because it makes me feel as
After weeks of preparations the date is now October 16, 1859. The men were different this morning, “it was a somber, depressing day, fit for the events that wee to etch it in history”
In 20111, Molly Ayer is a 17, almost 18, year old troubled foster child living in Maine who is soon going to become too old for the foster system. After stealing a book from the library, the only way she can avoid getting kicked out of her foster home and being sent to a juvenile hall is helping an old woman named Vivian Daly clean out her attic as a community service project. Molly soon learns how closely related her and Vivian’s lives are related. Vivian and her family came from Ireland to New York in 1926 in hopes for a better future, but after a fire kills Vivian’s family she is put on an Orphan Train to Minnesota in order to find a new family. The train has 19 other children hoping for brighter futures, including a boy named Dutchy who Vivian strikes up a friendship with. Vivian is soon adopted by the Byrnes who call her Dorothy. Once the Great Depression struck though, Dorothy was moved to the Grote family, who lived in worse conditions than she has all her life. Although the conditions are grim, Dorothy is sent to school every day. After Mr. Grote attempts to rape Dorothy she goes to live with her teacher Ms. Larsen before being relocated to yet another new foster home. Dorothy soon finds the Nielson family which was a seemingly perfect fit for Dorothy. The only request the Nielson family had was to call Dorothy Vivian after their departed daughter. Vivian lives happily with the Nielsons and grows up to once again find Dutchy. Vivian and Dutchy are soon
The tragic events of Francine Cournos memoir begins when she was three years old when she lost her father from cerebral hemorrhage. For some children this would be enough to permanently damage the psyche of a child, but when Francine was five she lost her grandfather to hemorrhaging and then when she eleven she also lost her mother after a long battle with breast cancer. This forced her sister and her to live with their grandmother, who was rapidly approaching senility. Francine and her sister, Alexis, being under their grandmothers care lasted until she couldn 't manage it anymore, which was about two years. Afterwards their extended family gave away both of them to the sometimes vicious foster care system. To Francine this was the most traumatic event of them all and
On evening of Sunday June 9, 1912 at the Moore residence the Moore family attended service at the Presbyterian church where their children participated in the Children’s Day Program. The service ended at around 9:30 p.m. and the Moores and Stillinger sisters walked to the Moore’s house at around 10 p.m. The sisters had returned to the Moore residence because they asked their parents the Stillinger 's if they could spend the night. Once they all arrived at the residence they ended their festive evening with some cookies and milk followed by everybody at the residence going to sleep.
When Clara first turned 10, she cared for her brother after he fell off the barn roof. During this time, she learned to distribute his medicines correctly, as well as leech his blood. The doctors had given up on him, but because of Clara, David recovered fully. She was then sent to high school to try to vanish her shyness, but
John and Lennie had finally reached their Aunt Clara’s farm. John had told his Aunt Clara the bad news. Lennie grew up knowing nothing about his parents. Lennie didn’t really get to know anything because the closest school was 36 miles and was a private school. So Lennie was too poor to go to school.
Maggie unlike her sister Dee never went to school beyond school grade. Maggie was self conscious because she had scars from a house fire. She was always jealous of her sister Dee’s easier life. She was angry when Dee asked for the quilts, because her mother had already promised to give the quilts. Maggie knew how making another quilt in case the quilt was destroyed. Afterwards, she tried to make peace so that her sister would have the quilts, but the mother snatched it out of Dees hands and gave the quilts Maggie, because she knew Maggie was more deserving and understood the value of the quilts to her mother.
The two main characters are very different people, Betsie is a very composed, and smart while Corrie is brave and hopeful. Bestie is very strong in her faith, and I think Corrie can learn a lot from her. Corrie tries her best to be strong like Betsie in faith. These characters were very compassionate towards others. They liked to take care of other people and they tried to help a lot of people.