Homosexuality is a taboo which people start discussing in the society of today. However in eastern countries, especially China, only a few of the homosexual dare to admit it. Since most of the parents are traditional, the homosexual are usually afraid of telling their folks that they are gay or lesbian. What I would like to discuss in this post is what reaction or feeling parents have when they knew their children’s sexual orientation.
Obviously, Jack father was not happy to know that his son was gay. We can know that form that sentence “The old man (jack’s father)sat silent, his hands folded on the plastic tablecloth, staring at Ennis with an angry, knowing expression.”
However, it seems that Jack’s mother can put up with his son’s love affair. This could be seen through the part when Jack’s mother ignored her husband and said, “He used a come home every year, even after he was married and down in Texas, and help his daddy on the ranch for a week fix the gates and mow and all. I kept his room like it was when he was a boy and I think he appreciated that. You are welcome to go up in his room if you want.“
For the time Ennis met Jack parents, we can see that how differently Ennis was treated by them. We can observe that Jack’s mother was willing to talk more with Ennis but Jack’s father wasn’t. It seems that a man is sometimes more traditional than a woman in terms of love affair.
As for me, i am perfectly fine making friends with the homosexual. And I do. However, I am thinking what if in the future my son told me his sexual orientation, what my feel and my reaction will be .
To sum up, I guess the story is trying to tell people that women are sometimes more open-minded than men. In addition, in general, women are more willing to care their children’s feeling and respect their children’s choice.