The Two Bundles

"When my mother died, leaving me a small child vulnerable to all the world, my father took me and placed me in the care of the same woman he paid to wash his clothes. It is possible that he emphasized to her the difference between the two bundles: one was his child, not his only child in the world but the only child he had with the only woman he had married so far; the other was his soiled clothes. He would have handled one more gently than the other, he would have given more careful instructions for the care of one over the other, he would have expected better care for one than the other, but which one I do not know, because he was a very vain main, his appearance was very important to him. That I was a burden to him, I know; that his soiled clothes were a burden to him, I know; that he did not know how to take care of me by himself, or how to clean his own clothes himself, I know." (4)

Kincaid, Jamaica. The Autobiography of My Mother. New York: Penguin Group USA, Inc., 1997

Have you read this book? What do you think of it?? When I read this passage, I thought I was going to just love it; I am glad that I read it, but not sure if I enjoyed it, or liked it.

This paragraph, however, I did respond to--a beautiful expression of their relationship.