When his father goes to buy two boxes of strawberries and its just thirty cents for two, his father still bargains with the vendor three times. Finally, he gets two boxes of strawberries for 25 cents. Even though he still think the vendor is not good. As the story say, The boy watched and listened to this dialogue, intrigued and a little frightened. But the smile on his fathers lips as they walked away reassured him. (p.217) The boy doesnt try to understand the conversations meaning. He is just confused and gets scare of the dirty words what his father say like many kids will to do that. It shows us that the boy was childish, had no idea about life at first. He can easily forget the conversation because his fathers smile comforted him. In the coffeehouse, his father has some adult conversation with his brother and another guy. Like many child, the boy just sit with his father and listen to them without thinking. As the story point out, The boy enjoyed the talk and sometimes felt he was allowed to hear all the secrets of the world, and was only mildly frustrated by the mysteries he could not understand. (p.218)
That means, the boy feel he is an adult when he sitwith his father and listen to their conversation about women and some adult jokes. As it mentions, he cant understand everything they talked because he doesnt interested on the topics that they talk.so he is still immaturity at that time because he doesnt interest on that and has no idea about the meaning of the conversation. But he can understand the conversation like that is only for adult. Lets move on to the incident of the story, the boy was very childish after the incident happened and his act and thought was really a kid. As the story says, He felt the shadow and weight of his father behind him, placid and unashamed. Oh how he hated him and his smug, foreign stupidity! Why did he have to be his father (p.220)? We can know the boy was really childish after the incident happened. Although his fathers behavior was rude or not good, he is so emotional and doesnt give his father respect. His father grab the orange form a young man who seemed wants to give help. The boy couldnt judge his father like that way because he doesnt know these oranges are for their family and they dont have much money to waste, so its important for them and his father must do that. Also he doesnt even know what the orange use is for. It shows us, the boy feel momentary hated because of his childish. Children usually forget their feelings and thoughts quickly.
The boy was so hated his father after the incident, but when they get home, he is back to his father again. As the story mentions, It was so easy and natural he could scarcely believe the emotions he experienced moments ago were real. (p.220) That means, the boy hate his father before they get home and it was just a childish emotion of him. We can see that when they get home and the boy jump to his father and put his arm around his fathers neck and wrapping his legs around his body. Sometimes, children hate their parents in a moment and show all the emotions on their face to express their feeling, even though these acts and emotions come quickly, but leave quickly. All these acts show and prove he is childish. All these things happen on the boy, they are waiting for the right moment to wake up the boy who in a childish dream. A kid wont always be a kid, someday they will grow up. As the story point out, He sipped. It was bitter, the price of being a man. (p.222) That means, the boy remembered all the things happened on him and his father. He doesnt understand before, but he does understand now. He feet his father responsibility for his family, and he realize its hard to be an adult to figure out everything forlife.
He knows if he wants to be an adult, he must pay many things for that just like his father. Thats why he drink black coffee because he want to taste the hardships of being an adult from the black coffee and he want to feel his fathers position from the black coffee. It shows us, the boy is starting to understand adulthood. The biggest point of the story is the boy acts like an adult and take the responsibility of their family from his father, he chases to the young man who picked their orange. As the story say, Without breaking stride, the boy leaped onto his back, his small fists flailing wildly. (Thats my orange!) He screamed. (Give me my orange!) (p.225) That means, the boy understand how to be an adult and he wants to take the responsibility from his father because he wants to do something for his family. At that time, all his emotions spew out but not crying. On the one hand, he feels so sorry and guilty of his father so he acted like an adult to make up for his mistakes. On the other hand, he figure out how to being an adult so he acts like an adult to face the problem by himself and deal with it like a man. It shows us, the boy is act as an adult and changed his childish act. In conclusion, we can tell by this story that being an adult its not easy, you need pay the price for being an adult. Sometimes you will lose yourself and got misunderstand, so all you can do is swallow these tough things and hold you ground for your family and the people who you loved. People who are being an adult or ready to be an adult, you should read this story. This story can teach you find yourself and help you realize what the most important thing is for you and how to protect the thing. Sometimes, you have to do what you dont like to do and you must accept it because live in the adults world you have to pay the price for you and something or someone important for you.