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Father's Day (Synopsis)
By Sharon Hammonds
Tuesday, November 26, 2002
Not rated by the Author.
She was starving for his attention, craved his butterfly kisses, longed for his warm touch and would’ve done anything to be in his heart…
Father’s Day was approaching as Sonora Merici stood in Hallmark, searching the shelves for a card to give her father. Her emotions were a crossed between frustrated and sad because the relationship she had with Victorio Roselli was that of pain and fear. He wasn’t kind to her, refuse to give her his love and those things left Sonora feeling broken hearted.
So it was in hopeless wonder, that Sonora moved through thirty-two years of being his daughter, but not the love of his life. She was his first-born, yet he gave his love and attention to Theresa, his other daughter.
Many days Sonora struggled, trying to be happy, pushing the discomfort away, simply trying to live a normal life. But what girl’s life is normal without the love of her father. Sonora’s devoted husband, Nicolas, couldn’t give her refuge. Her friends couldn’t bring comfort and she gave up on her mother, and had no desire to look to God.
And it wasn’t until one evening that Sonora dreamt of her father, crying to her for help that she realized she must confront him. However, the following morning death seized her opportunity. Now Sonora is feeling misplaced and deserted.
As the family gathers at home to lend Josephine support, Theresa takes her distraught sister to the shed where Victorio would unfairly beat Sonora.
“Why did you bring me here,” Sonora asked in a whisper.
“I know this is a horrible place, but there is healing here. Over the years, I saw father come here and read and sometimes I saw him writing. I respected his privacy and never bother his things. But after he went into depression I had prayed and asked God to help me… help us. You see it wasn’t enough that he treat you better, I wanted answers to why it happened and so Spirit led me here and to these journals. Please read.”
Between the pages of Victorio’s tear-stained memoirs, Sonora begins a journey that takes her through the most intimate portraits of a young man’s heart. She reads of his desire to be a beloved child to his father, his fears of repeating the cycle of abuse, and then to his deep felted love for Sonora, his first-born.
Father’s Day ends with Victorio speaking to Sonora as an apparition and he tells her of how sorry he was for causing her such pain. He seeks her forgiveness.
“Father,” Sonora moved closer to him, wishing she could touch him. “I forgive you, but... but it hurts.” She started to cry softly. “The fact that I can't tell you face to face, flesh to flesh that I love you and understand your painful childhood altered our relationship hurts.”
‘I was such a coward. I let thirty-two years pass. I let all those opportunities slip through my fingers. I let you leave my home many times with a mournful heart. I am so sorry.’
As their last dialogue continues, the two realized that they had lost so much yet, Victorio advises his daughter to love without limits and to never miss an opportunity to be kind to family. The story ends with a bittersweet poem of a child’s search to find love and acceptance from his father.
Sprinkled with other characters that add richness and poignancy, Father’s Day is the emotional story of fathers and daughters, and fathers and sons. There is no relationship as special as the relationship between parent and child. The parent is the one person in a child’s life where love, and tenderness is learned. A parent has the wonderful gift of shaping a child’s self-esteem and personality. From the parent, a child learns what he or she could become.
Fathers Day captures the essence of such relationships, but with the strain of troubled adults struggling to be parents. With a touch of wittiness, and poignant prose, Father’s Day is an enchanting literary work.
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