A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 137, Thursday
May 17th, 2018
Chapter Four: Father
There is no one more frightening than the father.
Stranger, protector, arbiter of conflict; a father is the first person the child seeks to bond with after separating from the mother.
The father was stern and foreboding. For most tribes of early humans, as they migrated across the planet, the father was the ultimate authority, holding the power of life and death over his family and able to exercise it any time. There were few checks on his authority.
The child seeks to bond with, to understand, to contend with, and to please him.
In times when the actual father is not present, the child will find a surrogate, and seek adoption.
The ways in which the relationship develops between the child and father determines virtually everything about who the child will become in the eyes of the world.
The father imparts the public persona to the child, and the child carries that persona, like it does the fathers name, throughout its life and into the world.
Good or bad, the influence of the father is imparted to the child like an indelible mark.
Everything the father does, or does not do matters. Active or passive, present or absent, the role the father plays in the child’s life shapes them. None of the father’s words, none of his gestures, not a single touch, or glace occurs in a vacuum.
The child absorbs it all. Everything done and left undone is determinative.
We are each of us a reflection of the image the father projects on us, not a perfect facsimile but a living representation of the intentions and wishes of the patriarch.
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