Reflection on Grace Paley’s “Traveling”

In Grace Paley’s “Traveling” she finds community even though she depicts herself as a stranger. The basis for this community comes from her ability to look beyond the color of a mother and child’s skin. She can see that a mother is tired and can barely hold up her sleeping child. Paley realizes that by inviting the mother to take her seat, which is reserved for white people, she is putting the woman in a situation that might result in their expulsion from the bus. Therefore Paley offers to take the child and she admires him as if he were her own.

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