Short Story: I Stand Here Ironing

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My favorite short story was I Stand Here Ironing (1961) by Tillie Olsen.

I loved the way, the author depicted a different side of motherhood that isn't seen or heard about often. In our modern day society, motherhood is glamorized. It is a 24/7-365 day job, that you must be good at or else you're perceived as a bad mother. Mothers aren't allowed to be human. I'm not supporting Emily's mother's behavior towards her, but I think that if mothers were reassured that its completely normal to be selfish sometimes it would be easier for them to move past their mistakes and forgive themselves, in order to repair the broken relationship they have with their children. Being a mother is a job that requires a lot of patience, but it's also
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