In the lesson "A Day's Wait", what are the different things that Schatz's father does to help Schatz relax?

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Many beautiful stories have been written about father-son relationships. There are other stories about pain and how humans deal with it. Ernest Hemingway’s ‘A Day’s Wait’ is a story where both these emotions are interwoven in a way only Hemingway could.

The first impression is that ‘A Day’s Wait’ is a story about misunderstanding. But re-reading the story unfolds layers of emotions: the innocence of a nine year old, the father-son bonding, a child handling the concept of death and a parent handling sickness of a child, to name a few. The ending ‘he cried very easily at little things that were of no importance’ leaves us in emotional turmoil. Did Schatz recover completely? Did he recover emotionally too? Did he believe his father? Etc.

The answer to the question “what are the different things that Schatz's father does to help Schatz relax?” is as follows:

 The father in the story appears to be loving, affectionate and caring. He loves his son Schatz very much. He quickly calls the doctor when he notices that Schatz is shivering, walking slowly and very pale. He coaxes his son to bed until the doctor arrives. Also the father is a very systematic person. He notes down the reading of Schatz’s temperature and timings of his medication. He is sensitive to Schatz's change in mood and reassures him that he will get well soon. The father stays by the bedside of his sick son and reads him a storybook. He is ready to stay with Schatz until he gets better. He leaves only on the insistence of his son. He quickly returns to Schatz’s bedside after walking the dog. Also he patiently explains the difference between Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature scales to Schatz.

Thus with love and care the father nurses his sick son back to health from a bout of flu.

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