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Sal's relationship with her mother in Walk Two Moons

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Sal's relationship with her mother in Walk Two Moons is deeply affectionate yet strained by her mother's sudden departure. Sal idolizes her mother and struggles with feelings of abandonment and loss. Throughout the novel, Sal's journey to understand her mother's decisions helps her come to terms with her feelings and strengthens her bond with her father.

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What did Sal's mother leave for her in chapters 17-18 of Walk Two Moons?

Sal is casting her mind back to that sad, fateful day when her mother walked out on her. In retrospect, it seems obvious that something of this nature was about to happen.

On the day before she left, Sal's mother asked her daughter several times if she wanted to take a walk with her in the fields. Sal didn't want to go and got quite angry with her mom when she kept asking if he wanted to go.

Although she didn't know it at the time, it seems that Sal's mother just wanted to spend as much time as possible alone with her daughter before she took off.

In any case, Sal's mother left the very next day without saying goodbye to anyone. However, she did leave Sal a letter, in which she explained that if she'd said goodbye it would have been too painful and would have sounded too permanent. She went on to say that she would be thinking of Sal every minute and would return before the tulips bloomed.

But as Sal ruefully reflects, her mom did not keep her promise; she did not return before the tulips bloomed. And Sal has been living with the impact of her mother's sudden departure ever since.

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Describe Sal's mother in Walk Two Moons.

Sal's mother's name was Chanhassen, which meant maple sugar. She went by Sugar. Her favorite tree was the sugar maple because it was part of her name. She gave Sal the middle name Tree because she thinks trees are beautiful. Sal says her mother loved all living things and anything that grew out of doors.

Sal's grandmother tells her that her mother was brave, which is a defining trait of the Hiddle family that her mother married into. Sal thinks, however, that her mother told her she'd never been a real Hiddle and that the family was a mystery to her. Her mother's maiden name was Pickford. According to Sal, the Pickford family was very stiff and straight-laced. Sal says that her mother was nothing like that.

Sal's mother leaves her husband and daughter; Sal has a difficult time understanding why her mother would leave, which shows that she was secure in her belief of her mother's love before she left. However, it is implied that her mother had also decided to come home.

Sal's mother was a happy and family-focused woman before she had her miscarriage. She wanted to have lots of children with her husband, but after the miscarriage, she had to have a hysterectomy. This is what made her more withdrawn and unhappy and ultimately caused her to leave her family. She cut her long, black hair before she left.

She still loved them, though. She told Margaret—a woman she met on a bus—about her family and their farm. She says that her mother talked about the fields, the blackberries, Moody Blue, the chickens, and the singing tree. Sal realizes that her mother must have missed them since she talked about all of that.

Sugar never drove; she was terrified of cars, and she was eventually buried in Lewiston, Idaho.

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