When I first read the title “To a Daughter Leaving Home” byLinda Pastan, I instantly thought of someone moving out from their parent’shouse. Seeing someone who you know growing up and becoming to an adult is the bestthing for a person. Most parents must go through this, it is typical once theirchild has made their decision to move on to their future without the help oftheir mom and dad. I am 19 years old, I am old to make my decisions, this iswhat my parents always feared.
At this moment I am not ready to move out andlive on my own, I am focused on finishing school and getting a job, but I know oneday I will. The speaker thought out this poem could be the mother orfather, telling the story about teacher his or her daughter to ride a bicycle. Thebicycle is what guiding her into her path of her future. It sounds that the speaker is remembering thepoints of their daughter life. Children learn quickly as they grow up,experiencing new things throughout their lives. “As you wobbled away on two roundwheels” (Pastan 5-6). This pictured my mind taking the first steps of their life.
Without the help of the parent they child can do this by herself. “While yougrew smaller, more breakable with distance” (Pastan 15-17). As the daughter wasgrowing up she did not want her mother by her side, she can do things by herself.The parent starts to get worried as the daughter leave home for the first time.It sounds like the parents want to be there for them when danger occurs. Oneline 15 when it said, “Sprinted to catch up” (Pastan). That is what mostparents do being there for their kids protecting them. The last few line of thepoem, the tone changes to sadness.
“With laughter, the hair flapping behind youlike a handkerchief waving goodbye” (Pastan 20-24). The daughter never wavedback goodbye while the parent was. This sounds like the daughter has beenwaiting for this day to come, being there for her since she was born, beingthere for her and taking care of her. The parent realized that it was time tolet go and let her live her future. What I think at the end of the poem is the speakerwants the reader to understand to daughters out there spend more time with theirparents instead of growing up and living on their own as fast as possible. The relationshipbetween the mother and daughter was good till as she was growing up she no longerwanted her parent to be her side.
I choose this art work because the hand representsthe parent, the bird that looks like an origami of a bird is the daughter andthe red-hot air balloon that is attached to the bird is the bike. The art might be saying it okay to let things go, we allhave at some point of live we got attached to something or someone. Forinstance, finding a stray animal on the side of the road injured. Taking ithome, feeding, caring instantly falling in love it, seeing it grow butrealizing It needs to be released to its real home. It doesn’t have to be aboutanimals it can be about feelings, it can be positive or negative events. Lettinggo of the past is always the best option, this will make your life a lot easierthan hold on. If you keep on holding on it will get worse.
Why did you thinkthe father or mother let her daughter go at the end of the poem? The speaker realizedwhat they need to hold and let go. They will still love their daughter, acceptingthe choices the daughter decides to do with her life. The painter that designthis artwork with feelings, wanting us people to understand letting things gois okay.