1). Mother's belief in the American dream allowed her to risk any idea that came into her head. She kept up with the popular television programs and print articles of the day. Once she had identified a particular skill, she would inevitably determine that it was a simple matter to put this skill to use. "You already know how," she would say. "Don't need talent for" (Tan, 2006, p. 1) and whatever skill currently held her attention would be inserted to complete the sentence. She could go for quite some time without involving herself in a scheme but she would ultimately find a new one to become involved in. The story culminates with Mother choosing an endeavor that was "so large that failure was inevitable" (Tan, 2006, p. 4).
David has a very odd hobby. He is a member of a group that is dedicated to the academic recreation of the Middle Ages while using (and enjoying) the benefits of modern society. He too believes that people can be whatever they want to be. He creates many hare-brained schemes and spends inordinate amounts of time identifying the skills needed to be successful in the SCA. Group members can rise through the various levels of nobility, achieve various peerages (such as knighthood) or even earn the Crown. ...Show more