My only memories as a child were that of the time I spent at a Chinese Restaurant our family owned for 22 years. Since it was a family owned and operated business, I had to be there every day 365 days a year and like any child, I never understood why. All I thought about is why I had to be stuck at a boring restaurant while my friends enjoyed their days after school playing and having fun which left me feeling resentment. After feeling resentment towards my parents for years, those negative feelings slowly morphed into pleasant irreplaceable memories of the time I spent with my parents and three brothers. What I thought to be a horrible childhood became some of the best memories of my life that I will cherish forever. While reading four short stories, Fish Cheeks by Amy Tan, Brad Manning’s Arm Wrestling with my Father, Once more to the lake by E. B. White , and Sarah Vowell’s Shooting Dad, they reminded me of my tough childhood and what it took to become a successful parent child relationship; spending quality time, understanding between the parent and child, and most of all, creating valuable memories.
Spending quality time reverberates throughout Once More to the Lake by the father taking his own son to the very lake in which the father’s own father had taken him as a boy, in which the author conveys a sentimental feeling harkening back to his own childhood. In a sense, the fatherly circle of life demonstrates how much the individualized attention meant to the father and is a relationship he now desires to pass on. Since the story is from the father’s perspective, we do not understand his son’s perspective of their relationship, but instead, we see a successful relationship with the father in the story and his own father. Furthermore, in Shooting Dad, spending quality time is seen again when the daughter realizes that her and her father are one in the same. In this short story, neither gunsmith father or his Democrat daughter have any real...
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