Robert has mixed feelings about his father returning from Iraq.
He was sad when his dad left and relieved when he returned safe. But things are different now. Dad is either bossing him around or blowing up at just anything. He’s hard to be around.
Robert remembers he and his mom had struggled but learned to manage okay with dad gone. Dad doesn’t seem to recognize how much Robert did for his mom while he was away in Iraq. His dad isn’t fun anymore and seems angry a lot, and now Robert is angry, too.
There’s a lot of yelling and slamming of doors at home. Robert’s mom thought things would get back to how it used to be when Robert’s dad returned from Iraq. But, now she realizes the family needs help.
It’s like some shadow of the war has come into their home.
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