Time Heals All Wounds: Chapter 10
Jason Hogle Period 5
Doc Hata wanted nothing more then to adopt a daughter of his very own. Through much grueling effort, and some bribery, he managed to achieve his dream of adopting a daughter similar to him and his ethnic background. Although easy to start, him and his adopted daughter, Sunny, soon started to drift apart as numerous problems arose between them, including his relationship with his neighbor, in which Sunny never got along with. Sunny fell into a delinquent life style the more she grew apart from Doc Hata and eventually left his care in pursuit of her own life and dreams. Years later, Doc Hata learns of Sunny's whereabouts and decides to visit her, since he misses her dearly and wants to see how she is doing, as well as her son. This leads to an awkward reunion that would soon set them back down the right path to becoming closer once again.
"She seems a bit nervous, even almost shy, but acting as an adult might in an awkward situation, forward and harried" (Lee 211).
"But now, too, I see the first lines at the corner of her mouth, a strand of (or two or three) of silvery hair, the barest perceptible sag to her cheek. If there's anything one can say it's that she's a young woman of a lovely cast who has been worn down in the course of the years in the ways a woman of privileged or leisure would never have been" (Lee 211-212).
"She acknowledges this and we sit in silence, sipping our drinks. And it's striking to me - almost unacceptably so - how not awful it is to have passed all these years, with a host of all manner of difficult feelings, and have between us now such mild and mature accord. As if there had once been a hint of something more then just duty and responsibility: something like love" (Lee 212).
This scene is significant to the novel because it represents one of the overall themes of growth. This scene marks the point when the protagonist, Doc Hata, finally starts his growth towards becoming a better man and father for his daughter. Doc Hata was so dead set in his ways of raising Sunny that he never gave her what she truly needed to grow and become her own person. She rebelled against the idea of what Hata thought should a father should be to a daughter, and the choices he made for her. In this scene he finally makes the growth he needs to understand that Sunny has matured just fine without him, and without his grip on her, she was able to break free and make something of herself. This scene also details the growth that Sunny has made while she was on her own. This growth allows her to forgive her father and help her begin to rekindle a relationship between him and her, so that one day they can be a family again.