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...