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My Mother Never Worked Summary: This narration begins with a phone call.

A phone call many people make after the death of a family member-the call to Social Security. As the narrator of this essay goes on hold she thinks about her mothers life, starting from the time she graduated high school-she worked. Her first job was at general store which she managed and worked full time, after she became a farmers wife. This was where the real work began: cleaning, milking, growing, weeding, canning, cooking, sewing, knitting, quilting, raising eight children and the list goes on and on. Later in her mothers life she was in a car accident, with resulted in becoming paralyzed from the waist down, spending the rest of her days in a wheel chair. From this wheel chair she continued working: canning, baking, ironing, sewing, and writing letters weekly. When Bonnie (author) finally gets reconnected the Social Security Worker, he has the audacity to tell Bonnie that Hes sorry but her mother gets nothing, because she never worked.

Response: Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs in the world, this paper helped my belief of this fact. The job of mothering is so difficult because it is a job that more often than not is taken for granted-expected. While reading through this narrative, I was struck with the same feelings as the author of this piece most surely felt. The surprise, the shock, the dismay that the United States government refused to help this woman simply because she had never "worked", all of these were feelings that were created by the emotion that was put into this narration. As I read this paper I realized how much my mother does for me on a day to day basis. The things that I take for granted: cooking, cleaning, driving me around, doing laundry, supporting me, loving me, helping me, and just being my mom. As I read through this paper I high-lighted every time Bonnie Smiths (author) mother worked. The amount of physical labor the amount of physical labor this woman went through was great. While reading this I think that this was the first time Bonnie realized how much her mother had worked throughout her life. I made a connection to my own personal life: like Bonnie I have usually taken what my mother does for granted, but this story has made me rethink this action. Its about time that mothers get the recognition they deserve. Question 8: If I had the chance to interview this author my main question would be: Did you think you had taken for granted all the work your mother had done until that moment? I also would want to know how she restrained herself from marching down to the Social Security office and punching that man right in the face. I don't think that I would have been able to constrain myself personally. Also, did you want to be able to go to your mother one last time and thank her for all she did for you? I

would tell this author thank you, too. I was faced with how ungrateful I can be to my mother. She does so much for me and most of the things she does I ignore or take for granted.

My Mother never worked

1. She was a homemaker (house keeper). She use to: raise chicken, feed pigs, milk cows, plant and haverst the garden. 2. Because she was working on her own and not for the government or a private company which could be providing her social security from her salary. She has never been a wage earner. 3. For the government, work is something we get paid off and to which a part is kept from the salary which is making someone social security death benefit. 1. The writer is trying to make a link between her way of understand what a work is comparing to the government way of understanding the work 2. It is easy for the essay to appear in Ms. Magazine and other publications whose audiences are sympathetic to feminist goals due to the fact that it could easy read by most of the women who are interested of their own problems. 3. She didnt talk much about her father and according to me, she was firstly close to her mum and she knew more about her mum than father. Naturally as a woman she figure out what her mom pass through comparing to herself. 4. The issue the essay raises are still relevant in our todays world. Because the point of understanding a worker for the government is still the same. 1. Yes the essay title is effective because it shows the consideration of the work by the government. 2. She includes this frame while thinking and reminding herself of what her mother was. 3. 4. She includes so many details to show and express her feeling about what she was writing 5. In this paragraph, the word still shows that the mother was doing many tasks at the same time. - Scrounge: to take something from somehow for a certain purpose (to borrow) - Shuck: to remove grains from the cover of the plant (like beans) - Shock: to remove maize grain from the corn. (fresh maize)

- Husk: dry maize - Rutted: - Reclaimed: to have right of owning something after working for it. - Flax: young plants of corn - Fodder: cattle food - Intricate: to mix two things different - Sustenance: something which keep us in having support to do or own something. He seduces her gently and without ceasing by mail, and though she felt back all his feelings for her, she was doubting for marriage. The verbs were really concrete and this is is due to how she was expressing her feeling about her mother, how strong she was, working in different tasks and yet being considered as someone who has never worked.

According to Smith Yackel, a homemaker deserves to benefit to a social security death benefit seeing all the tasks that one could accomplish. As for me, a homemaker does not have the right to benefit the social security death benefit since she is working for a particular interest and which is a family interest and not a public interest.

My Mother Never Worked In the essay "My Mother Never Worked,"Bonnie Smith-Yackel recollects the time when she called Social Security to claim her mother's death benefits. Social Security places Smith-Yackel on hold so they can check their records on her mother, Martha Jerabek Smith. While waiting, she remembers the many things her mother did, and the compassion her mother felt towards her husband and children. When Social Security returns to the phone, they tell Smith-Yackel that she could not receive her mother's death benefits because her mother never had a wage earning job. A tremendous amount of irony is used in this essay. The title, in itself, is full of irony; it makes readers curious about the essay's point and how the author feels about the situation. Smith-Yackel uses the essay to convey her opinion of work. Her thesis is not directly stated; however, she uses detail upon detail to prove her mother did work, just not in the eyes of the government. Although her mother never was employed at a public or private business, she worked at home relentlessly. During the day, she worked on the farm, cooked for her family, and cleaned the house; at night, she sewed rugs and clothes for her children. Martha Smith continued to sew and plant a garden in her old age as well as when her children were grown and on their own. The passing of time was revealed in the years Smith-Yackel's siblings were born. They were also revealed in the passing of seasons for farming.

I think this essay was very unique; she uses irony repeatedly in her essay. It keeps you interested throughout the essay and even after I finished. I wondered what her response was to the person at the Social Security Office after they said, "Well you see-your mother never worked." Even though she didn't express her feelings about not getting any benefits from her mother's death, I can tell that she was upset and shocked that the government overlooked the work her mother did daily. SmithYackel uses the telephone conversation as a frame for the essay, which is very interesting. It makes the story a little more realistic and it closes the essay nicely.

Purpose and Audience 1. That she had a hard working mother that worked harder than people who did work. By exemplifying this, it shows the mother to have every right to social security benefits just like anyone else, because she indeed worked all her life. The thesis was never explicitly stated because there were enough details suggesting the purpose of this essay, therefore it was implied. 2. Yes, it could have. This essay is relatable, because everyone has a mother. Many can sympathize with this essay because we all have mothers who often work hard to provide for their families, whether theyre a stay at home mom or working a nine to five, many will agree their mothers are deserving of the death benefit. 3. Her father was able to receive the social security benefits becaus e he worked. The essay is trying to show case on her mothers works to justify why she deserved the same rights of the death benefit as he did. 4. Yes, I think this essay is relevant today. There are many women who are stay at home moms all their lives, and work hard to deserve the death benefit, because their job is just as important and beneficial as anyone else. Style and Structure 1. Yes, the title is effective. The title is brief description of what the essay is about. The essay was trying to prove how her mother did work, against the governments definition of work. Paragraph 32 put emphasis on the essays title, tying it to the essays main purpose. 2. The phone conversation is a reminder of why Smith-Yackel is even outlining her mothers life. The outline helps convince the reader why her mother is just as deserving of the death benefit. 3. She includes a timeline, marking the month and year of all of her children that were born. She even introduces the existence of her grandchildren, showing how much time has passed. 4. The details provide an exaggeration effect, to captivate and..

Purpose and Audience 1. What point is the writer trying to make? Why do you suppose her thesis is never explicitly stated? The authors whole (main) point of in the essay is to make the reader feel sympathy for her mother, because of the hardships she went through working on a farm while raising eight children, which leads us to believe she is deserving of the Social Security benefit check. Another point is general; even though, women does do so much work towards their home, they don't get any credit from our society. I suppose that (When doing this type of writing do not use words like: whole, all, everyone, everybody, always, etc. The Social Security rules (in the U.S.) were originally set up as a pension for people who earned pay and paid into the system. There is no indication in the text that woman who work at home do not recieve credit from society.) 2. This essay appeared in Ms. magazine and other publications whose audiences are sympathetic to feminist goals. Could it just as easily have appeared in a magazine whose audience was not? Explain. I think it could easily appear in a magazine whose audience was not sympathetic to feminist goals. I would say it would not be the most readable topic, and it is probably would have a lot of argumentations and critics after all. (This is a story of rural life in the early 20th Century. This essay could have been written about a man it is more about how people lived in difficult times. Consider a man who worked hard all of his life during the same times and when he became disabled he would have received the same answer from

the Social Security office.) 3. Smith-Yackel mentions relatively little about her father in this essay. How can you account for this? She does this because she is disappointed to hear that her mother never worked by the person on the phone. The author tried to show as many details about her mother`s work as possible; Smith-Yackel gains empathy throughout the essay for her mother.

Women in today's society have a much louder voice; meaning they have more respect, and are greatly appreciated for what they do, compared to Yackel's 1975 essay. Bonnie Smith-Yackel's essay makes a statement about how society values, and appreciates women and the way they work dating back to the 1920's. Most things having to do with women working or anybody for that matter have changed for the better since then, but sadly some things still remain the same. Yackel begins her essay with a call to the Social Security office trying to recover a death benefit and like anyone knows, any call to federal program office will often leave you on hold for an extended period of time. During this time Yackel begins to recollect some of the faint memories of her mother and the tedious stages of life that she had endured. She uses this introduction as an open door to the story of her mother and will ultimately use this same introduction to close this entry of pain and dedication. Marriage during those days weren't the same as we now know them. Our perception of marriage brings to mind the words love, unity, and happily-ever-after. As you tell from Yackel's essay her mother's perception of marriage differs from the minds of today. Her schemes of marriage consist of a half-dozen children to look after while she cooks, cleans, and supports the weight of the world on her shoulders. Today, no one would be caught dead with twelve uncultivated kids tugging at there sleeves. Obviously, birth control wasn't actually promoted if even offered at this time period. Yackel uses a quote from her mother to show the discouragement she has about the idea of marriage. 'It just makes me sick....."

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