“I Listen to My Parents and I Wonder What They Believe.”

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Name: Hesham Marzouk

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The man was less interested when she explains that they were “never” hit, because when she explains to him about what her father did when he was digging his elbows into the wooden table, the man thought it wasn’t that bad. He wouldn’t tell her about his response for that, but she already knew when she said “He smiled {the man}, relieved that we wouldn’t have to go there. He opened his mouth to speak, decided against it. I could tell, by the careful way he rested his eyes on the large piece of art hanging from the wall, that he thought he could help me see that it wasn’t that bad”. That’s why in the next sentence the man asked her about her father by saying “was there anything you loved about your father?” the man was trying to put the good picture of her father into her mind. Her response was “there were things.” The things we loved about Dad were the things we could predict: The way he rubbed behind our necks when he was in a good mood. How he washed his hair with dish detergent in the kitchen sink. His many practical uses for duct tape: mending broken shoes, hanging timelines of Egyptian civilization across the living-room wall, fixing the kitchen floor, taping the thermostat to sixty-eight degree and the radio dials to NPR. His insistence on reading the subtitles of movies we watched aloud even though we too, could read. I believe the man transfer her bad thoughts about her father to good memories of her father, he was trying to make her forgot what he did because it was not a big deal after all.
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