Both “Wordsmith” by Susan Young and “Nature Lessons” by Nancy Lord have similar fathers in the story which express love to their daughter. The difference is “Wordsmith” presents an adult/adult relationship; whereas “Nature Lessons” presents parent/child relationship.
Devoting quality time for family is appreciated when we often live separate lives. In “Wordsmith”, the speaker feels appreciative of her father for devoting his time to fill the cracks of her fifty-eight year old house. The speaker’s father has a hard time expressing his love emotionally towards her, thus he expresses it physically through his work. The speaker’s describes her father’s work like “words he didn’t know how to say, the lost syllables and consonants springing up…Until there is smoothness, [the] fifty eight year old house is a perfect sentence.” Similarly, Marco from “Nature Lessons” embraces the country life. Marco’s daughter, Mary comes to visit him from the city, Los Angela. Mary doesn’t feel connected with her father’s values. Marco was hoping to encounter one of God’s creatures to savor with Mary. Marco wanted to show Mary, that Marco “valued most about living in the woods”. Marco took Mary on hikes to trout stream, ate rare meat and for some ice cream. Mary doesn’t feel as connected to the country life like Marco does.
Having a connection in a relationship is important; it can create inner fulfilment. The speaker is thankful for her father and admires him. The speaker call’s her father the “Pollyfilla King” a brand name for a substance used to fill cracks. The love the speaker gives to her father is what “keeps him moving from room to room” like “run on sentences”. The speaker’s face is aglow when her father agreed to do some more work on the house. The connection of adult/adult relationship in “Wordsmith” is sympathetic. In contrast, Mary from “Nature Lessons” lacks enthusiasm when indulging with Marco’s activities. Mary never...
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