"She'd been reading books on how to cope with an alcoholic, and they said that drunks didn't remember their rampages, so if you cleaned up after them, they'd think nothing had happened. 'Your father needs to see the mess he's making of our lives,' Mom said. But when DAd got up, he'd act as if all the wreckage didn't exist, and no one discussed it with him. The rest of us had to get used to stepping over broken furniture and shattered glass" (Walls 112-113). “‘This family is falling apart,' he said./ 'It sure is,' I told him" (Walls 230).
“I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire. It was the sort of knowledge that kept you on your toes.” “Why spend the afternoon making a meal that will be gone in an hour," she'd ask us, "when in the same amount of time, I can do a painting that will last forever?” “Mom always said people worried too much about their children. Suffering when you're young is good for you, she said. It immunized your body and your soul, and that was why she ignored us kids when we cried. Fussing over children who cry only encouraged them, she told us. That's positive reinforcement for negative behavior.”
When Dad went crazy, we all had our own ways of shutting down and closing off, and that was what we did that night" (115). We chose this because the dad started to always come home drunk and act violent, so the kids had their own way of dealing with it. This is how they ultimately learned how to deal with other problems in their life later on. 4. "'Your father's the only one who can help himself,' Mom said. 'Only he knows how to fight his own demons'"(117). This quote was chosen because their father had a major drinking problem. This quote can apply to anybody, not only their father. You cannot fix people, they can only help themselves, so this was very important. It is basically a life lesson. 5. "'You know if it's humanly possible, I'll get it for you. And if it ain't humanly possible, I'll die trying'"(116). It shows...
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