We all have issues within the makeup of our families that don’t always play out the way we’d like. This seems especially true with adult children and spouses.
But, in the story I’m writing, my character, at the age of twenty-six, discovers the man who raised him and whom he believed to be his father, isn’t. He meets his real father for the first time at a rock concert. His real father is a rock star.
So, here are the emotions he deals with.
First off, SHOCK!
Second, disappointment, hurt and anger that his mother would withhold something that important from him. She’s raised him to be an honest and forthright person, and to keep his karma clear. So, she loses his trust with this shattering revelation.
How do they move on from here?
My character has to find a way to forgive his mother. But, will things ever be the same between them? Probably not. (At least it wouldn’t in real life). And, what are the underlying issues?
Then, he has to begin to build a relationship with this stranger, his real father. He’s admired the man and his music his entire life. But, things look different on this personal level. Where do they start?
First off – they have a common ground – a love and talent for music.
Second, they share a love for his mother.
It’s a place to start. And in real life, isn’t that all we can look for to repair a relationship or build a new one? A place to start.
I love this quote from James Baldwin!
I’d love to hear your thoughts – your own experiences with family situations and how you moved forward from them. You might help give me deeper insight into my story. 🙂