Eudora Welty's The Little Store
Eudora Welty, the author of 'The Little Store,' is also the narrator in her story. Upon looking back at her childhood, Eudora realized she was a creative little girl who liked to read and to write. She had the naivety of a child. The town where I was born is only 150 miles from where Eudora was raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Therefore, I really enjoyed this story because I really felt like I could relate to it. West Point, where I was born, resembles Jackson a great deal. We had a little store that was in town and we always felt safe to walk there alone. We also knew everyone on the block, just as Eudora did.
Eudora's mother never had to go to the grocery store. Everything that she needed was delivered to their doorstep. On a special occasion, her mother might run out of something and need one of the kids to run down to The Little Store for her. Eudora was always the first one to run into the kitchen. On her way to the store, she saw many familiar things. She remembered the bumps in the sidewalks from when sat on them and watched the Armistice Parade go by. While she walked, she passed the house where the teenage girls danced everyday. They practiced the dance to the same record, over and over. Eudora saw them bobbing past their dining-room windows while they danced with each other. Then she passed her principal?s house, and Eudora prayed that the principal would not come out. If she would happen to emerge while Eudora was passing by, she would stop Eudora and ask her to spell the only word that kept Eudora from passing her spelling exams with a perfect grade. ?Eudora Alice Welty, spell OBLIGE? (Welty 79). Eudora would still miss it every time. The last house Eudora saw was Lindsey?s house. The chinaberry tree roots and the actual chinaberries made it difficult to skate by. ?If chinaberries had fallen and rolled in the cracks, it was like skating through a whole shooting match of marbles? (79). Eudora and Lindsey had the flu at the same time during the flu epidemic. An example of Eudora?s childish nature is when she thought, ?I got the idea that a choice was going to be made soon between poor little Lindsey and poor Eudora? (79).
After her adventure to The Little Store, she would walk in and just be overwhelmed by the shelves that went to the ceilings, so full of items to buy....