Megan Mayhew Bergman's Housewifely Arts

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If I were a better mother I would ... . Even though we all think this, we are all doing our best - as is the narrator in the short story, Housewifely Arts. The author, Megan Mayhew Bergman, begins the story by explaining the quest of a single mother, planning to visit her late mother's African Grey Parrot at a roadside zoo. With her seven-year-old son in tow, she is desperately hoping to hear the parrot mimic her mother's voice for the last time. When the bird fails to talk, the narrator makes one last attempt to connect with her mother - by visiting her abandoned childhood home. Housewifely Arts gives beautiful insight to a mother's intricate love for her child, animosity toward her mother's most prized possession, and spiritual presence

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