"Moon on a Silver Spoon"- Eudora Welty
American literature has witnessed the emergence of writers with universally acclaimed reputation for centuries now. Many of their works still enchant many people in this century. With both passion and sincere love for their work, many American writers have made their ideas and beliefs heard globally. Eudora Welty is of the American writers whose works have continued to influence many, the young, and the old alike. She is a writer with a self-confessed love for reading, who has placed herself in the American literature history books or time immemorial, and whose works possess unrivaled level of originality.
Eudora Welty’s love for reading is not a baseless claim. The writer has attempted to justify the claim by giving several reasons and indicators. Welty, as a young girl of two years, realized that their house was naturally designed for reading as all rooms in the house “were ready to read in or to be read” (Welty, 1998, p. 78). At the age of six, the writer was put in bed rest for a heart problem. During this time, she claims, her bed was filled with all sorts of books. She read as many books as she could to pass the time. Long before the writer could know how to read the alphabet, she claims she fell in love with how various letters looked like. She describes the alphabets as “…various winding, enchanted-looking initials” (p. 79). Another justification the writer has given for her love for reading is her early life experience when she could keep her mother awake until late to read for her. Though she was not able to read, she loved listening to her mother read for her. She also claims that she grew in a middle-income family that could not afford to buy all the books she needed. However, because of her unending demand for books, her parents could fix to buy for her a few books to read. Eudora Welty also claims that books united them as a family, and that their family was one of people with a great passion for reading. The writer also claims that her early introduction into reading was a result of “begging for it.” This is an assertion that she was madly in love with reading.
Eudora was not just in love with the stories in the books she read, but also the books themselves. She claims the feeling of carrying a book in her hands brought her immeasurable pleasure. She loved the smell of books, their binding work, and even shape. Despite an early start with books, the writer’s belief on how books were produced was interesting. She believed that books were like grass, natural wonders that grew without human intervention or effort. Her realization that books were written by people was both “startling and disappointing” (Welty, 1998, pg. 80).
Writing short stories is quite challenging; perhaps more challenging than writing novels. However, given the opportunity to write short stories, I could include all my significant life experiences and occurrences. Such childhood stories could include, my enrolment in school and the challenges I faced in my first days at school, my understanding of religion, and the existence of a supreme God as a child, and my childhood convictions, especially in the belief that my parents were the most powerful people on earth. Finally yet importantly, I could include my childhood understanding of politics and the power vested on the country’s president.
In conclusion, Eudora Welty’s story "Moon on a Silver Spoon," may be a personal life story, but it is highly encouraging and challenging, especially to the young people. It encourages early life interaction with books and reading, thereby dispelling the belief that education begins at specific ages. Using Eudora Welty’s life, we can easily conclude that early interaction with education models us to become better people.
- Welty, E. (1998). Moon on a Silver Spoon. Welty (pp. 78-81). New York: Library of America.