Watering Marigolds: A Collection
This collection of short memoirs explores the dynamics of a family affected by alcoholism and abuse, a family that has survived with a mixture of hard work, bullheadedness, and resignation. Each essay addresses a specific family member and delves into my relationship with that person while touching on larger themes such as marriage, abuse, and family communication.
These memoirs deal with some of the marital relationships in my family-what type of husbands the men in our family have been and what type of men the women in our family choose. The first piece in the collection is about my grandfather, a man who drank regularly on weekends and holidays and who could become violent when drunk. The essay about my grandmother deals with how she met and married my grandfather, and one essay addresses my mother's first marriage, which was to an abusive alcoholic.
The collection is a link between my present and my family's past, a way of examining the complexities and contradictions of the lives of my mother, my uncle, and my grandparents.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences; Alcoholics -- United States -- Family relationships; Seabolt, Erin E. -- Childhood and youth
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Seabolt, Erin, "Watering Marigolds: A Collection" (2004). HIM 1990-2015. 421.