Rereading America - The Myth O Essay

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Rereading America - The Myth O


The story that I chose to write about was 'One Big Happy Family,'; by Anndee Hochman. The
story is about a young woman whose family life seemed to be the American dream, for those
of us looking in from the outside. Her family owned a house in the city like most of us
and a house on the beach. The house on the beach was unique with its architecture
anomalies, which made the house more a mix and match of parts than like her normal home in
the city. The whole family, including relatives from afar, would gather there during the
summer to spend time with each other. When in actuality behind her family's unity, was a
demand for conformity to her family's way of life and thinking. The author finally
realized that in order for her to find happiness she had to look within herself and learn
to listen to her feelings. Once she learns this lesson, she will be able to break the
bounds of her family's conformity and find the peace of mind that she has always longed
for. Several of the stories throughout this chapter discuss different myths of 'One Big
Happy Family,'; however it all seems to come back to the individual, and what they believe
in.

Anndee's house is unique with its red picket fence, a bathroom with two doors, bedrooms
surrounded by paper thin walls, and no bedroom doors. Also a glass panel window that was
built into a wall that separated the living room from the kitchen. An added feature left
behind from years of construction and now disregarded but adding to the overall character
of the house. These unique fixtures and anomalies were what made the trip to the house
worth the voyage each year from the city. They were thrust into an alien environment
completely different from what they were used to. The whole house was set up with unspoken
rules that they all abided by without question. The rooms were assigned to a particular
family member, group, or couples. The topics of conversation were predictable and planned
to the point that they all knew what would be acceptable answers and replies to each topic
they discussed.

After reaching adulthood Anndee began to develop her own opinions and thoughts that did
not necessarily coincide with her family's view. Anddee began to explore her own sexuality
and discovered that she preferred the company of women to that of men. Upon this discovery
she decided to inform her family of her on-going relationship with a woman friend. This
was in direct opposition to what her family believed in. Her family had always been in the
mind frame that husbands and wives produced grandchildren, and that in turn helped the
family grow. They had never discussed or considered same- sex relationships having any
place in their family. When she informed her mother of her sexual preference, her mother
could not cope with the knowledge that her daughter was not going to conform to her views.
Her mom wanted to know how could such a thing happen when Anddee had been such a good,
cheerful, diligent, and brainy child that would not make this abnormal decision (Hochman).
How could her mother even think that they were normal when they lived in the type of
summer home that they had where nothing was ever normal? What her mother needed to grasp
was that it was not her decision to make but Anddee's. Her mother needed to realize that a
love of a mother should be unconditional no matter what sexuality her child chooses.
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