Reaction to My Father’s Shadow

Reaction to My Father's Shadow


"My Father's Shadow" is a story of regret, denial, and coming full circle. Told from the point of view of an adult, it tells in excruciating detail the story of a child coming to hate and despise her father at a very young age, and then as an adult realizing that her father needed love more than anything.
My reaction to this story was one of sadness. First there is a small child who accepted her father for what he was, and even protected him from others. "I loved him with the deep unruffled calm of a child, almost maternal in my fierce desire to protect him from the harsh words that were constantly being flung at him," the author writes. She ...

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school grounds and the weakest are quickly identified and picked on. Even those who are only different in some small way can be tormented.
The author writes that she was eight years old on her last visit to her father. By then she'd had two full years, maybe three, on the school ground. She'd seen first hand that in her "real world" the weakest were always attacked and picked on. She'd seen, by then, that there was safety in numbers, and the safest place to be was in the larger group. While she was able to understand that at the age of eight, what she couldn't do was stand up to "the group," or in this case those who criticized her father.
Instead she joined them. Her description of her last visit to her father -- with the overgrown backyard, her father emaciated in mussed and wrinkled clothing -- was very vivid. It was apparently a defining moment, since she was still able to see it so clearly in her mind many years later. Her rejection of her father was ...

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Added: 10/13/2015 02:37:20 AM
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