Early Psychology

Posted on 09 November 2009

Bruno’s father spits out parts of his stomach to show that he does not like his food.  Bruno’s father is covered with thick fur. Bruno’s mother weaves heavy blankets from Bruno’s father.

Bruno’s uncle is one of the workers. If they should raise their arms, their harnesses would fall off, but they never raise their arms. Bruno’s uncle is also a father, but his son is a manager. Sometimes when the factory is slow, Bruno’s cousin sees a worker who is going the wrong way. He aims at a spot near the man and when the stone strikes the ground, the man is frightened and runs back the other way.

No saddle is needed to ride Bruno’s father for his great quantity of thick fur is easy to hold on to. But sometimes Bruno’s father tells his creature jokes and gestures wildly like a bucking horse and Bruno trots along behind.

Some of the mothers gather at Bruno’s house to make children. They offer each other stories of the future achievements of the children they desire and believe if they speak with enough conviction, the children will arrive to fulfill their dreams. The mothers bake bread in the shape of newborns and it is said the most perfect loaf will start that child on the way as it is eaten. None of the mothers has a window or a chimney.

When Bruno’s father swears, he often disparages the hole in his bottom or the fertilizer, which issues from it. Sometimes Bruno’s mother makes Bruno’s father stop speaking of this. Bruno’s father refers to this as a time of drought.

As Bruno gets older, he carries many things on his back. This leads Bruno to notice that the things, which the river carries on its back, it often takes to its bed. Perhaps I can learn from this river, thinks Bruno.

But the smart fathers know that water runs downhill and if you could cut straight through a river with a huge knife, you would find another river. This could be very difficult to convey to the sons.

Bruno sleeps downhill from his father. He hungers for a father’s comfort. He has never been a river. He has no knife.

By staying home when his father goes out, Bruno is learning from his mother to make children.  Bruno’s fur is almost ready for blankets. By milking his mother’s dreams for knowledge, Bruno may discover how to navigate his life without a huge knife. Perhaps he could teach this to his father because if you cut straight through a son with a huge knife, you would not find another son. This could be very difficult to convey to a jealous father.

If Bruno is truly grown up now, he could father his own mistakes.

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