Where We Going, Daddy?
Life With Two Sons Who Are Unlike Any OthersBook - 2010
Though a devoted father, he does not shy away from exploring the limits of his love, the countless times he is filled with frustration and disappointment with no relief in sight. Mathieu and Thomas can barely communicate, and each in turn repeats learned phrases, such as "Where we going, Daddy?" (a favorite in the car) in what feels to
Fournier to be an eternal loop.
In WhereWe Going, Daddy? Fournier reveals everything, and that is perhaps his most remarkable quality. He does not hide behind a mask of cliché, but gives voice to the darkness that comes with disability, and the rare moments of light. Through short, powerful vignettes Jean-Louis manages his grief with cynicism and humor. For parents of disabled children, this book will offer some relief from the courage they must garner every day, a chance to let down their guard, laugh at themselves, and embrace even the ugly emotions they feel. For the rest of us, it's an unsettling and heartfelt glimpse into an otherwise unimaginable life.
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Pride? Was I so pleased with myself I wanted to leave little copies of myself on the planet?
Did I want to leave some trace, so that someone could follow me?
Sometimes I feel I HAVE left a trace, but the sort you leave when you've walked over a waxed wooden floor with muddy shoes and someone yells at you.
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