I Stand Here Ironing:
A short story by Tillie Olsen
An autobiographical story about a woman
raising her first daughter despite a husband who leaves her and other
hardships. Here is a quotation from early in the story.
She was a beautiful baby. She blew shining bubbles of sound. She loved
motion, loved light, loved color and music and textures. When she
was just eight months old I had to leave her daytimes with the woman
downstairs to whom she was no miracle at all.
And a quotation from near the
end as she wishes for her daughter:
Only help her to know--help
make it so there is cause for her to know--that she is more than this
dress on the ironing board, helpless before the iron.