To what extent is Emily's mother a "good" mother in Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing"?

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In "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen, the mother of Emily, who loves her daughter, delights in remembering what a beautiful baby she was and how Emily loved motion, light, color, music, and textures.  Yet, she feels guilty for having to had put the girl in a "nursery."

While she had Emily in a nursery, the mother was ill at ease.  As she continues her monologue , the mother tells of the place where Emily spent time recuperating from red measles.  She also says, "It took us eight months to get her released home," a statement which implies that the mother is caring.  After Emily is home, sometimes the mother keeps her out of school so that Emily and...

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