In the reading “Hardscrabble Salvation”, the author Joel Presto Smith talks about his mother and the great role she played in his life. The writer holds good memories of his courageous mother who strived to live up with dignity and pride. After his father’s death from a heart attack, his mother would assure him he would be okay despite the fact of having no money; nor heat, water, or electricity. When getting a job two hours away, the mother would come back from work to help her son clearing the land despite being a disabled woman. The mother worked very hard to fulfill their needs and stood in the face of poverty. Smith’s mother was the one who taught him pride, courage, and optimism in a practical and indirect way. Joel Smith had never been told to do his work; instead he acquired his work moral belief in a concrete model. Later on time, Joel Smith went through very harsh situations in his life. Every time he felt despair he would turn back into his memory to remember how patient his mother was in enduring life barriers. He would go back to these memories to help him overcome some obstacles. The writer is proud of his mother that inspired him to do better in his life. If it wasn’t for the good memories he holds in mind for his mother he wouldn’t have accomplished being a journalist. As a female, I feel very proud when I hear about the accomplishments of women who have a positive impact on their family members and communities. In this reading, I have to agree with the writer that his mother was a great woman. What a great role for mothers to achieve by providing their children with persistence and hope to change their negative way of thinking and have an improved life. Joel Smith’s mother was strong enough to prove herself and challenge the tough circumstances regardless of her disability. The reading reflects a different expectation that women are dependent, less self-determined, and fragile. In my view point, this reading must inspire other mothers to follow the same path. Women should be patient, powerful, and not to lose balance when facing critical moments.
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