For this matter, let us look at the story of many little children thrilled to play and be entertained in a birthday party. They jump up and down anticipating the arrival of the clown who almost everyone else is raving about yet, when they see one, they discover that it is one of their greatest fears.
It is natural for humans to expect. We may pretend not to in hopes of not being disappointed but expecting is simply inevitable. Like the kid waiting to encounter the happy hilarious clown for the first time, we anticipate something that will bring us joy and just like how the same kid cries when the fearsome clown finally appears, our world falls apart when it brings sorrow instead. Mr. and Mrs. Libre were eager to hold and care for their child yet it didn’t come into the world as a live and complete one. They, especially the expectant mother, were devastated by this incident. Their hopes of building a solid and blissful family was also crushed when Mrs. Libre discovered that she can never have a child. The closest thing to it was the fetus so she insisted on bringing it home. (par. 6)
The frightened child throws a fit and becomes a monstrosity when the painted jester tries to make him laugh and in panic, he might harm other children and throw objects at the poor comedian. Similarly, our response to certain incidents or losses concerns and might negatively influence the people around us, most especially when they perceive that we are transforming into an inwardly atrocious being. Mrs. Libre’s excessive grief and conversion to a total stranger extremely affected Mr. Libre (par. 13). At first it can be seen by the frequency of her talking about the baby with much gusto even when it is unnecessary. He claims that he has gotten used to this behavior but it seems as if it still distresses him. They both find it difficult to engage in a conversation and when they finally do, they end up discussing how it would have been if they had children. This sadly recreates them as strangers to each other as if they weren’t married for years (par 3) and as if they did not withstand countless hardships together (par. 5). Later on it could be blatantly observed in the change in her demeanor and actions which causes his husband to worry more and more for her. It seemed as if all Mr. Libre thought about was his wife and the baby. Mr. Libre was greatly distracted from his work and his work ethics changed sometime after the incident due to constantly thinking about his wife and the baby (par. 11). While working, he was still fighting back tears which made it more difficult for him to finish his duties. Even after he finished his day’s work, his mind was still full of thoughts about his wife and he was hurrying to go to what he thought was home in the midst of the heat and afternoon rush.
We bemoan and curse the day we lost something or someone important. Yet, just as how a simple encounter could traumatize the child, as time passes and we do not move on, the memory of it will grow and grow inside us and eat us up bit by bit. The baby’s premature body in the bottle can be referred to as a concrete version of this memory that reminds the couple of what could have been. It may not be as evident but the fetus is also a representation of the couple. As it decomposes, they also physically wither and age much more than they should in their youth (par. 2). Mrs. Libre was 29 years old yet her eyes were no longer yound and Mr. Libre was thrity three yet he already had graying hair and his body was stooped from hours of bending over receipts.
It also slowly alters and erodes their behavior, character and outlook. At the beginning,...