Gregory Jaquet’s haiku reveals one way a son learns from his father.
Editor’s Note: When I reflect back on my childhood I find that I often learned as much or more from the personal struggles of my parents as I did from any “lesson.” In its brutal simplicity, this haiku speaks to so many issues and can apply to so many aspects of life. I imagine an alarm clock going off at 4am and an exhausted father returning home at night in a car far too big to a house far too large. Then I see a young boy, curled up near the fire place, watching the rise and slump of his father’s shoulders as they both nod off to sleep.
We have a huge car
Dad is working day and night
I want a small car
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