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Growing Up In Little Gap: Hannah's Story Part One
By Michelle R Kidwell Power In The Pen
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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Donít get me wrong I love ma, but I can not agree with everything she says or does. I try to mind, to not make ma fret so much, but I can not help it sometimes. I need to write., I need to be myself, I can not see myself just focusing on household chores for the rest of my life. AND I DO NOT HAVE THE PATIENCE TO SIT AROUND STITCHING SAMPLERS ALL THE DAY. I KNOW PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE, BUT SADLY WHEN IT COMES TO THAT IT IS SOMETHING I LACK.

May.1910

I wish Ma understood me like Da does, he does not feel my literary pursuits are to forward. Ma just feels I need to hurry up and prepare for a husband, but I am not sure I want to spend my life taking care of babies, and being ordered around by a man. I want to be a writer like Louisa may Alcott who wrote little women, nearly fifty years ago. Ma is still stuck in the last century, but this is 1910 little gap is even going to be getting a theatre one that shows actual moving pictures imagine? And da is going to be buying a motor car. Ma thinks it is a novelty that will pass but da thinks they are something that will be around for a long time. But it seems ma doesn’t like much in the way of progress. Well she does like her new electric stove, and the electric lights, but other than that she frowns on things.

Don’t get me wrong I love ma, but I can not agree with everything she says or does. I try to mind, to not make ma fret so much, but I can not help it sometimes. I need to write., I need to be myself, I can not see myself just focusing on household chores for the rest of my life. AND I DO NOT HAVE THE PATIENCE TO SIT AROUND STITCHING SAMPLERS ALL THE DAY. I KNOW PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE, BUT SADLY WHEN IT COMES TO THAT IT IS SOMETHING I LACK.

I AM GRATEFUL THAT DA UNDERSTANDS THOUGH, THAT IN HIS OWN WAY HE ENCOURAGES ME in his own way, and I am grateful for that. Da has even allowed to let me go to high school many children here do not get that luxury, they have to stop school after eight grade, but perhaps I can even go to college. There are now places where women can go and learn and get degrees. And there is even talk of women getting the vote. I would love to be able to vote when I am old enough, but ma thinks the idea is silly.

I am glad da does not frown on progress like ma does, but I wish we could convince ma that progress can be good. There is good and bad in everything. We just must chose how to act towards it, and not put progress in front of god.

Well da is coming and he is coming with the motor car. I can see him from the distance. I can not wait to go for a ride.


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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/11/2011
Wow, this is very different, Michelle, but O, so well written and so GOOD!! I was pulled in from the first word and held captive! Wonderful story; enjoyed meeting Hannah!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :D


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