Ron Rash’s “Blackberries in June” challenges the definition of loyalty and explores the fine line between expectations of family responsibilities and personal ambitions. While the story proves how contrasting views of allegiance can interfere with the wishes of those with different ideas, it also illustrates how perseverance, the strength of mind and the power of love can prevail over the flawed belief that giving up one’s dreams equates to family allegiance.

While reading, “They’ll forget how we worked near full-time jobs in high school and saved that money when they wasted theirs on new trunks and fancy clothes,” this stood out.