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Will realizes that his mother "used her emotions to motivate her and help her concentrate. The emphasis for her was always on doing what needed to be done." Do you think Will learned how to do this from his mother while she was still alive?

Created: 09/24/12

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Posted Sep. 24, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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Will realizes that his mother "used her emotions to motivate her and help her concentrate. The emphasis for her was always on doing what needed to be done." Do you think Will learned how to do this from his mother while she was still alive?

Will is amazed by his mother's ability to continue her efforts to fund the library in Afghanistan even while facing a death sentence, until he realizes that "she used her emotions to motivate her and help her concentrate. The emphasis for her was always on doing what needed to be done. I had to learn this lesson while she was still there to teach me." (page 194) Did Will learn? What makes you think so?


Posted Sep. 26, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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RE: Will realizes that his mother "used her emotions to motivate her and help her concentrate. The emphasis for her was always on doing what needed to be done." Do you think Will learned how to do this from his mother while she was still alive?

Although Will started to learn this lesson, it does not truly sink it until Mary Anne is gone. I think this is true for many people. As long as our mothers are alive - even if it's a struggle and a time of failing health - we are still children. There is still an older generation there to buffer us from being the next to go. When a person has been close to one's mother, as Will was, then there is nothing as sobering as the finality of a mother's death. That sobering feeling makes Will (and again, many people) acutely aware of doing what needs to be done.


Posted Oct. 06, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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RE: Will realizes that his mother "used her emotions to motivate her and help her concentrate. The emphasis for her was always on doing what needed to be done." Do you think Will learned how to do this from his mother while she was still alive?

I agree that most of the lesson sinks in after the passing of the person. However, I believe. During Will's time with his mother, especially as the reality of The End Of Life is in front of you, he emotionally and mentally began to understand how his mother believed in and use d her strengths to push forward.


Posted Oct. 08, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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RE: Will realizes that his mother "used her emotions to motivate her and help her concentrate. The emphasis for her was always on doing what needed to be done." Do you think Will learned how to do this from his mother while she was still alive?

Having watched a few people as they approached the end of their lives I can say I noticed how impressive I found their grace and attitude before they died. But yes, once they're gone you can look back and remember everything you may have been too caught up in the moment to think about. That's when you really appreciate all they went through.


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