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Lesson for “When You Were Here”

Antwaun Garcia writes about having a father who was in jail during most of his childhood. At first they keep contact, then the letters stop and Antwaun feels alienated from the man who isn’t there for him. But when his father finally gets out of jail, Antwaun finds he can have him in his life “without being angry.”

Prompts for discussion and/or writing:

● Antwaun said his father sold drugs because it was the only way for him to survive. Do you agree? Was it the only way for him to survive? Why or why not?

● Antwaun writes: “No matter what bad things or situations you’ve been in, the good ones last forever.” What good times stand out for you, in your memories of your parents?

● Antwaun isn’t ashamed to tell people his father is in prison. Would you feel the same way? Why or why not?

● Even though he hates his father for not being in his life, Antwaun also needs him. He forgives his father, so he can have him in his life “without being angry.” Have you ever had similar mixed feelings about a parent? How do you feel about that parent now?

Writing assignment:

Have you ever been separated from a parent, like Antwaun was (maybe not because of prison, but for another reason)? What impact has it had on you? Write a short letter to that person, explaining your feelings about being separated.
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