Reading Log #1: In the Book, The Secret Hum of a Daisy there are three main characters so far. Grace, her mother, and her grandmother. Grace is basically telling the story from her perspective and the way things are told to her. The Grandmother is Grace's guardian from now on and Grace's mother is in non living circumstances meaning she won't live the rest of the story with Grace although Grace may get caught up in some situations relating her own mom. Grace seems to be a quite, but most loving to those that are most close as family to her. She takes people's words in serious manners and does not forget them as if they are a lesson in life. Grace was very close to her mom and acts as if they were born together, she is like her best friend, but her only friend. Grace's mother seems to be very independent and shows as if she needs only her and her daughter (Grace) to conquer life on their own without having to rely on anybody else. Grace's mom makes her worry the least about situations in life that may be hurting or sad to hear and she finds the best ways to do that without Grace making a fuss over it and she can care less as well even though she may ask her curious questions here and there, she won't whine overall. Grace's grandmother doesn't say much so far in the story, but Grace has already recalled many stuff her mom mentioned about her that aren't in the most positive way. The grandmother hasn't had a brief past with Grace, but has done so with her mother and not in good terms. Grace's mood has changed so far throughout the story because she is going through harsh and difficult situations at the meantime. As said, in the book, The Secret Hum of a Daisy, it reads, " Grandma took my hand in her damp one and squeezed. Hard. 'Listen, Now,' she said. I pulled my hand out of hers with a juicy plop and wiped it down my skirt." Due to the reading, I can tell that Grace isn't in the best mood and I can tell that she furiously snatched her hand away from her grandmother's in not a good manner showing her anger and despair. In the text it also states, " Grandma must have been a pretty terrible mother to send her own daughter packing while she was so young and pregnant. That made her mean. Small-minded. I decided right then and there she wasn't worth a speck of love." Reading the quote, I can tell how Grace must feel toward her own grandmother, what she thinks, feels, and knows of her. It makes me wonder how Grace will act in terms of her loss with her own grandma throughout the rest of the book.
Reading Log #2: Continuing on from the book, The Secret Hum of a Daisy, there is a conflict in which is introduced in the story. The main conflict is that Grace has to go live with her grandmother that she has never met before in her life. The reason why this was caused is because Grace's mother passed away and the only person to be her guardian is her long lost grandmother. This situation is affecting Grace because she has never met her mom's mother and the worst part is that she has heard bad about her. Because of this, Grace shows no good emotion to her grandmother. This conflict would be considered more on the outside or situational because obviously other family members would find out eventually about Grace's mother passing away and her grandmother taking custody of her. In the story it says, "People walked in small groups under giant black umbrellas." This quote defines that there are many people at this situation and this opposes to the fact that this conflict is outside or situational. Another quote from the text reads, " I wasn't going to tell Grandma about the birds Mama used to make, or how the crane was her happiest bird..." This part of the texts concludes that Grace isn't able to trust her grandmother with some facts about her mother and her meanwhile she was alive, or it seems to me that Grace might just not be comfortable with talking to her grandma about her mom at all, she's reminiscing on her own.
Reading Log #3: Continuing with the story The Secret Hum of a Daisy, an important part of this story was when the funeral of Grace's mom is occurring at a cemetery. This scene is important because it is when everyone including Grace, say their last goodbyes. This situation is part of Grace's life building up a conflict and it shows the down side of Grace because all this that is happening brings out her more emotional character. It can show a universal theme if conjoined with other scenes of the story if they relate to each other. The way Grace reacts towards her mother's funeral is she shows emotion as a daughter. In the book it is basically saying how Grace is reminiscing moments she had with her mother. A rising action is when the coffin was getting lowered into the ground Grace told herself 'run run run' as if wanting to leave and not wanting to be there any longer. In the book it reads, "After they left, I watched the coffin lower, forever it lowered, the crown of daisies balanced on top" This section of the story that Grace is saying, basically means that as the coffin was lowering Grace stated in a way that the coffin was forever gone. The story also states, "Something in me needed to see it through even though the rest of me pulsed run, run, run." This citation means that Grace wanted to stay and just see what was happening, but at the very same time, she wanted to leave. I still wonder how the grandmother deeply feels inside if she never really had a close connection with her daughter that is now resting in peace although she can say she misses her, what are her true thoughts and feelings.