Monday, June 30, 2008

The Same as Me

This is a photo of Amy Tan and her Mother, Daisy.
Currently I am reading The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan. I'm excited because I love feeling like I am a member of the Chinese culture. Tan makes this possible for an outsider by introducing the generational transition to American culture. It is easier to understand the Chinese culture when the main character grew up in America with Chinese parents because the writer can identify with the American and Chinese cultures. Tan’s style of having reluctant appreciation of her elder generation and culture is exhibited in both The Kitchen God's Wife and The Joy Luck Club. I'm excited to learn more about the themes of mother-daughter and cultural appreciation she often defines. I love to see the process of reluctance to appreciation though learning and experience. This is definitely a mother-daughter read.

When I as little my mom used to read books to me. I remember lying in her California King with my head on her arm as she read me books. My favorite was The Island of the Blue Dolphins. I re-read parts of it last year and it brought back all of the magical memories I remember as a child. Every once and a while I would get distracted by my thoughts and ask, "What just happened? I wasn't paying attention." Mom would always summarize what she has just read and I would ask questions. I always loved that she didn't get upset with me for not listening. Sometimes her throat would start to hurt and I would try to get her to keep on reading. The first book my mom and I read together was Are You my Mother? I think that book will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first book I learned to read. There is something so sweet about knowing who your mother is--that she is the same as you.

2 comments:

Amy said...

Buffy, I am quickly falling more in love with your blog! You have such an eloquent way of expressing your thoughts. I wish I thought as beautifully as you do.

Parker said...

Buffy,
You are such a lucky little girl. You had so much one on one time with Mommy and Daddy. I always had to fight for attention. Benner and Annie were needy. I'm kidding. I remember you and Mommy reading the days away. So Cute.
HUGS,
Kat