Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Joys of Fatherhood



Charlie Harris talks about the events of Classified as Murder from Miranda James's bestselling series




I'll never forget the birth of my first child, my son Sean, and I'll also never forget what my own mother told me when my wife and I took Sean to visit my parents for the first time. "No matter how old they are, and no matter how old you are," my mother said with a smile, "you'll never forget he's your child." At the time I didn't give much thought to what my mother said. I smiled and nodded, and we talked of other things.




Now that I'm over fifty and Sean is twenty-eight, I finally understand what my mother meant. Sean has been out on his own ever since he left home for law school six years ago. He graduated near the top of his law school class, and he landed a job with a prestigious firm in Houston right away. His mother, my late wife Jackie, and I were so very proud of him.



I moved back to my hometown, Athena, Mississipp, after my wife died. Sean and my daughter Laura were both out of the house by then, and I needed a change. I found a wonderful new companion, my Maine Coon cat Diesel, and settled into a quiet, calm routine.



Suddenly that all changed. Sean showed up one day and announced that he had quit his job in Houston and wanted to stay with me for a while. Of course I made him welcome, but I was curious about why he quit his job.



He won't tell me, and that's frustrating. And worrisome. Could he have gotten into trouble somehow? And why won't he confide in me? I thought we had a good relationship, but he's clearly resentful and I'm not sure why. I'm going to have to tread warily to get to the bottom of this, and in the meantime, there's also a murder to solve...



8 comments:

  1. "also a murder to solve" Uh-oh, Charlie. Be careful!

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  2. How true -- our kids are just that, no matter what age. Hard to just stand by when you know something's not right. Good luck with that...and the murder.

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  3. You might want to check out a book called “ Running from the Law,” if it's still in print.

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  4. So right, your child is always and forever your child. I'm looking forward to your next book!

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  5. So your adult son is in trouble? That's what you get for raising a lawyer. But it could be worse...At least he's not a politician. Good luck with that boy--and the murder mystery!

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  6. You've been in tough spots before and handled it. Your son probably learned problem solving from you and will share if he needs to. Meanwhile, building your confidence in his ability to deal with his life may be something on which to work.

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  7. My mother always said to me: "No matter how old you get, I'll always have a quarter century's more experience than you have." Sorta cuts short every childish "But you don't *understand*!!!" argument ... :)

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  8. I'm sure in time, Sean will tell you the reason for his "stay" with you.

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