March 14, 2013
Burning Down the Flamingo Drive-In
At one point in life everyone goes through the process of growing up. It seems like the hardest part of life and sometimes gets very complicated. Teenagers are pressured every day to make decisions for themselves and its important to make the right one. In Larry Baker’s novel, The Flamingo Rising, the main character in the book, Abraham, is faced with difficult choices to make. As a result, he grows up with more experiences in his life which he uses as an advantage in his adult life. As a young teenager, Abraham was faced with the responsibility to accept the consequence of the result of his actions, help his family recover from traumatic events and rebuild relationships to make them stronger.
Abraham is a Korean boy that was adopted by Hubert and Edna Lee who run the Flamingo Drive-in movie theater. Across the street is the funeral home of Turner West who was in love with Hubert’s wife which makes them enemies. Alice, Flamingo employee, has been faced with difficult times and was often looked down upon for her past, but she decides to help the love between the two families grow and also becomes Abraham’s friend. A big event that happens every year is the Fourth of July. Every year there is a plane that is flown and something always goes wrong. One year the funeral home caught on fire and ever since the Lee family has not been trusted to host the Fourth of July celebration. The Lee family decides to do an airplane show with a fireworks banner at the end of it. The airplane malfunctioned and the pilot and Abraham’s mother were instantly killed. The whole community was crushed and it was partly Abraham’s duty to help them get through their loss. Only Alice knew that Abraham was the cause of the plane accident, “Alice and I went to the hangar to find the [pilot’s] plane…she sat outside as I cut the two wires” (293). Alice knew that if he had not cut the wires he there...