"You can't always get what you want"


Did you know you can’t always get what you want? In the two stories Mother and Daughter and Thank-you Ma’am teach a lesson. The main characters, Yollie and Roger both wanted something they couldn’t afford. Yollie wanted a dress for a dance and Roger wanted a pair of blue suede shoes. Roger and Yollie were too poor to afford what they wanted.

            In Thank-you Ma’am, a boy wants a pair of blue suede shoes and decided stealing was the best idea. Roger sees a large woman with a large purse walking down the street. He tries to attack her, but didn’t succeed. Instead of yelling at him, she took him to her apartment. She fed him and let him wash his face. Roger explained that he wanted a pair of blue suede shoes. Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones said “Well, you didn’t have to snatch my pocketbook to get some suede shoes”. “You could have just asked me”.  Roger turned around and saw the door open. He knew if he ran, he would have enough time. Roger didn’t want to run. She gave Roger ten dollars to buy the suede shoes. “Goodnight!”, “Behave yourself boy!” she said looking out the street. “Thank-you ma’am” Roger said. This story relates to the theme “You can’t always get what you want”.

            In the story Mother and Daughter, the theme statement is also “You can’t always get what you want”. A girl named Yollie wants a new dress for a dance. Her mother,

Mrs. Moreno said,” We don’t have the money”. Mrs. Moreno dyed one of Yollie’s old dresses black and it came out to be a great success! When the dance came, Yollie had her eyes on Ernie Castillo, the third best speller in her class. Ernie asked her to dace nervously. Ernie really liked Yollie too. When time went by, Yollie felt big drops of water come down from the sky. All the girls went into the bathroom, all wet and damp. Yollie dropped a bobby pin, when she looked down; she saw a black puddle under her shoes. Yollie went home crying with despair. When the next morning came, Yollie and Mrs. Moreno felt weird about what happened last night. Mrs. Moreno gave Yollie five twenty dollar bills to go to Macy’s and buy some different clothing and one pair of shoes.

            In the two stories, Mother and Daughter and Thank-you Ma’am, both relate to each other. Sometimes you will have to walk away with a no for an answer. In Mother and Daughter, Yollie wanted a dress. In Thank-you Ma’am, Roger wanted to get a pair of blue suede shoes. Yollie and Roger were too poor to afford one. At the end, Yollie and Roger learned a valuable lesson.

            The theme statement, “You can’t always get what you want” can always apply to my life. When I was younger, I would whine until I got what I want. When I think about it today, I feel very immature. I learned if I wanted something, I have to see if it’s the right time for my family. If the item is too expensive, I would just have to walk away. I would understand and insight why I can’t always get what I want.