By: Joy Monica T. Sakaguchi, 2000
Knowing how much you are worth and what is worth treasuring is not always easy to tell. The story is about a man who started pickpocketing as a boy and still does it as a grown up. One day he discovers a little boy leaning against the wall of a liquor store. The same boy, whose father he had just stolen a wallet from an hour earlier. The narrator starts a conversation with the boy and asks him if he wants to come home with him. The story outlines the importance of father-son-relationships, and what effect it can have on a child being left all alone. The narrator, in this case the main character, lives in a rented room and he is from the lower class. He uses a lot of slang such as “D’you wanna see something?” He is a young man who has had a very hard childhood. He was taught pickpocketing by his father when he was only 5 years old and has been pickpocketing ever since, even though his father left him many years ago. When he was pickpocketing, his father always said to him every time he came home to receive the money his son had collected “Hey, stupid, how many times I gotta tell you not to keep the wallets? Watcha gonna tell your ma if she finds them? That your old man’s got you stealing for him?” and today, as a grown up man, he always leaves the wallet somewhere, because his father would want him to, sometimes so the owner he stole from could get his wallet back. The narrator really wants to be accepted by his father, and the reason why he is still pickpocketing is because he hopes that his father will show up again and then he is going to hand him all the money he has collected over the years – and maybe then, grant some respect and acceptance from his father. Make him proud. “One day Pop will show up again.” The narrator immediately feels connected to the little boy standing alone at the liquor store because they are both lonely and the boy also has a bad relationship with his father, just like the narrator. That...
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