The View from Saturday

by E. L. Konigsburg

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In The View from Saturday, what didn't Nadia like her dad to do?

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When Nadia visits her Dad, he tends to "hover" over her, and she doesn't like him to do that. Nadia says,

"For the first day and a half after I arrived, Dad hovered over me like the Goodyear blimp over the Orange Bowl. He did not enjoy the hovering, and I did not enjoy being hovered, but he did not know what to do with me, and I did not know what to tell him, except to tell him to stop heovering, which seemed to be the only thing he knew how to do."

Nadia's parents have just been divorced, and Nadia is visiting her Dad, who has chosen the month of August for his visitation rights, for the first time since the separation. Nadia's Dad "always was a nervous person, but since the divorce he had become terminally so." He is not comfortable being alone, and he also is not comfortable having his daughter with him under the new arrangements. In his efforts to make sure that she is happy, he becomes oversolicitous, and "hovers" over her, trying to make sure she is all right. His "hovering" just makes the situation even more awkward, however, and Nadia just wishes that he would stop, but doesn't know how to tell him.

Fortunately, in the course of their time together, Nadia and her father come to an understanding. They both acknowledge that their situation is difficult, and agree to work things out together, helping each other when one or the other might "need a lift" to get over the tough spots (Chapter 2).

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