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Friday, November 15, 2013

Understanding Mom

I've decided to reread the novel The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. It has helped to improve my relationship with my mom. She is a part of the generation who migrate to the North during World War II.  She rarely talks about her past and that upsets me. It makes me feel like I am being shut out. However, the novel takes me on the journeys of three individuals during the difficult times of a changing America. A similar journey my mom has taken.  It explains and tells their triumphs, regrets, and failures. Some of their experiences bring me to tears. 

When my mother talks about her experiences, it’s the good times at Belle Isle and then she express her sadness of have seen tanks rode down the neighborhood during the Riots of 1967. She stops herself from saying anything further because she becomes too emotional and speechless.

I love my mom and can’t help but feel her joy and pain of her past.

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