Short Stories about Children and Parenting

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.


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