A Birthday Remembered

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”A Birthday Remembered”(1980)

Love is a very complicated and uncontrollable matter. It cannot be defined. And age, race and religion don’t matter when you are in love with another person. Love has no limit. It is unconditional. Love is not always a walk on the sunny side, but when it is, it is the most beautiful thing in the world.
The American short story “A Birthday Remembered” is about how a family is handling the loss of a mother, a girlfriend, and an ex-wife. It is also about homosexuality and about all kinds of love.

The story portrayed in a middle class society where money is not easy to find, especially for Roger who is the father and late husband in the story. We start in Ellen Simms house, which are the narrator of the story. It is Ellen’s birthday, which also happens to fall on Valentine’s Day. Ellen is a woman in her late thirties. She is a very sufficient woman, who lives by herself in a small house. She has been living ever since her partner Jackie died, which was life ruining for her. Ellen tries to still be in touch with Jackie’s child. She knows that Jackie wanted her to take care of Tobie. Ellen is a nice and non-judgmental. “Come in and take off your coats. Would you like some hot cocoa to warm you up? I Know its cold outside” She tends to cry very easily, and tends to drink when she is grieving. She misses her partner. Ellen is a lesbian, and Roger is not happy about it. And very sad for Ellen, because she cannot bury her loved one because Jackie was still married to Roger at the time of her death. She works as an editor of the food part of a magazine, and she has also written her own cookbook.
Roger does not want anything to do with Ellen, because he does not like homosexuality, and sees it as a taboo. It is probably because his wife left him for another woman ”Ellen knew it was more an affront to his male ego than losing…...

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