Everyday Use

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Foluke Ogunmiloro
Dr. Pope
October 26, 2011

“Everyday Use”

Why is Dee so different from her mother and Maggie? The vibe that is present in the short story is that Dee is better than Maggie and their mother. She went out to the big city for college and has experienced much more than her mother and Maggie had ever. So when she come back home to see them she feels that they both should be like her. But in reality they live off of a dirt road far from the city so they don’t get out much. Dee also feels that they are not in touch with the time that they are in, nor their heritage. Dee is more into the fine arts and the finer things in life but Maggie and their mother are humble people that don’t ask for much. One would say Dee was born to another family. When Dee first pulled up to the house her mother was so happy to see her even though she has been away for more than six years. She acted as if she was really happy to see them but she was just showing off.
The man that she claimed to be her friend her mother was not sure if they were married or not and didn’t want to ask to make herself look dumb, for she had only completed the second grade. Dee or Wangero as she preferred to be called had started to take pictures not for memories but for her own reasons. She liked and believed in folk art and instead of keeping things as family heirlooms, she would rather decorate the home she was with things she collected from her mothers’ house that she could not stand by the way.

After dinner Wangero went looking for things that she could take back to her home and make use of as center pieces. But Maggie on the other hand understood what those things meant. They were priceless in both Maggie and Wangero’s eyes but only Maggie knew the sentimental value of them. Especially the quilt that her great grandma and Grandma Dee had taught her how to make as…...

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