Hopes, Dreams, and Broken Promises
Blog by: Emily Machen
Journal #1 Questions:
B.) How do Jeanette's parents explain the "skedaddle?" How do they justify all the moves? What are Jeanette and her siblings' reactions to constantly moving?
C.) Describe a memory you have of moving, whether it was moving homes, schools, or even rooms. What kind of impact or significance did the move have on you?
Journal #2 Questions:
"I staggered out of the water and sat on the calcified rocks, my chest heaving. Dad came out of the water, too, and tried to hug me, but I wouldn't have anything to do with him, or with Mom, who'd been floating on her back as if nothing were happening, or with Brian and Lori, who gathered around and were congratulating me. Dad kept telling me that he loved me, that he never would have let drown, but you can't cling to the side your whole life, that one lesson every parent needs to teach a child as 'If you don't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim.' What other reason, he asked, would possibly make him do this? Once I got my breath back, I figured e must be right. There was no other way to explain it" (66)
B.) How does Jeanette describe her father in the beginning of the memoir? How does she express her trust in her father? Cite specific examples.
"Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is...Admiring the struggle it takes to simply to be human. Maybe we're thankful for the familiar things we know. And maybe we're thankful for the things we'll never know. At the end of the day the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate."
Journal #3 Questions:
B.) How does the Christmas incident signify a turning point in Jeannette's life? Does this event change her perspective about her father?
C.) How does the Walls' life in Welch compare to Battle Mountain and Phoenix? In what way does Jeannette's life in Welch shape her late childhood/early adolescence?
Journal #4 Questions:
Journal #5 Questions:
B.) How does the move to New York symbolize a second turning point in Jeanette's life? Is this another "skedaddle" or a more justifiable move for Jeanette?
C.) Why do you think that Jeanette's parents choose to continue living on the streets, even after their children are grown?
D.) Why does Maureen stab Rose Mary? Why does Jeannette apologize, "for everything" in her mind (p.276)?
"Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives."
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you"
Lyrics to Matthew West -- Forgiveness
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible