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Teacher Lesson Return to "The Journey to a Mother"
The Journey to a Mother
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Asking for the Right Amount

Have the group read “The Journey to a Mother” by Samatha Flowers. Ask them to name some good things about Irene. (She asked Samantha about school and told Samantha about her childhood; took her back in after Samantha lived on her own; offered to adopt her; told her “I AM your mother”; tells her she’s family; has her over for holidays and other family occasions.) What are disappointing things about her? (She has never visited Samantha’s apartment; she stopped calling her two weeks after she moved out; she wouldn’t take her away with the family for Christmas.)

What do they think Samantha gains by keeping Irene in her life? Does she lose anything? How about if she lets the relationship slip away?

Ask them what they think of Samantha’s strategy to be patient, keep doing therapy, and put off the big talk with Irene. Ask the group, “Do you have any relationships that aren’t fully satisfying but that you aren’t ready to give up? What seems reasonable to ask for from a friend or family member or foster parent? Do you have any tips for being patient like Samantha and giving people more of a chance to come through?”
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