I kind of enjoyed this week’s readings. There is one reading that I think my brother can relate to. I perceived the character wanting to try really hard to make his father proud. His father expects him to be a man, get a job and to grow into an adult. The boy feared his father getting angry with him and yelling at him; he felt like he was letting his father down whenever he angered his father. The boy was also sensitive and was always bullied however, he puts up a front and pretends he’s not in pain. The father forces the boy to get a job because that is what is expected from the boy. As I am reading this article, I can’t help but relate the relationship between the boy and his father with the relationship between my brother and our father. My brother constantly works hard every day to live up to our fathers standards. My father expects him to get good grades, work hard, and to have the opportunity to be someone. My brother gets bullied a lot and sometimes he tries to hide it from everyone. He tries not to show it to anyone even though we all know it hurts him. My father tells him to stand up for himself and to fight back no matter what so they won’t pick on him. My dad forces my brother to enter boy scouts; to continue to go to meetings, camping opportunities, and to become a leader. My father wants my brother to become a strong leader; to my brother, that’s some very large shoes to fill.
Even though my brother constantly feels the pressure from out father to become a good, well-rounded person, I know my brother appreciates everything my father does for him. My father considers my brother his best friend; they do everything together. My brother doesn’t have many friends, but I can tell he doesn’t care because he has his father telling him what to do (kidding). Seriously, my father is there for my brother and I know my brother loves and appreciate our father.