Wright Morris - January 6, 1910 - April 25, 1998
I don’t care much for dogs. I grew up with a series of dogs but was never really attached to any of them. They were just – there.
A dog on a leash. A burden or a pleasure?
I’ve recently come to the realization that the relationship I have with my father is similar to that of this story’s main character’s relationship with his dog.
Perhaps this was not Morris’ intent – to use a man’s relation to his dog to allow the reader to reflect on a relationship with a human – but, this is how it came across to me.
You see, I am the human, and my father is the dog.
My father is not a burden like a dog but my relationship to him and my personal view of him is just like Morris creates between “The man” and “The dog”(dog’s name is Victrola).
I feel that I won’t fully appreciate the relationship, if it can even be called a relationship that we have until he is gone.
I’m still working through things with him and his Alzheimer’s won’t make it any easier.
It’s tough, and going to get tougher.