What's it about?
Right before Christmas, Peter Aguero speaks about his personal issues growing up with and without his father. From love to hate and back again, Peter speaks about what's on the mind of people young and old, who grew up without that father figure.
What'd I experience?
Let's get in my feels right before Christmas, yeah? You bet your ass. For those who wish to stay away from said feels, I suggest you leave now. You've been warned.
Anger, hate, rage, happiness, sadness, all valid emotions - right? This play, or story really, had me feeling all of that. I never really get the chance to speak about my personal "daddy issues," so seeing another get to be open and speak about his, made it kinda easy on me. On my way to Under St. Marks (The place that I still believe to this day is an undercover drug facility) and back home, the thoughts/feelings of this play stuck with me. Speaking as one who grew up without a father (not because of death), it's like I have SO many questions that I wanna ask.
Why are you not here? Where is my Christmas gift? Why didn't you call me on my birthday? Why didn't you tell me about your new family? All of these questions are basics for those who know what it feels like to have that absent father figure. But one thing that I really appreciated about this play is that it told me figuratively and not literally, that growing up without a dad isn't a white or black thing - it's a human thing.
Through his stories, Peter kinda spoke for me. Sharing similar stories that I could totally relate to and even asking most of the questions that I had. It also seemed like most of his questions always started with "Why?".
I have love for my father, and I always will. I mean, for God's sake, the guy helped bring me into this world. I will always have so much to say to the man, but I feel like I may never have the confidence to say anything. Peter helped me out with that, and honestly, I'm thankful, because his bravery may indeed lead to mine, eventually. Thank you, Peter.
Another who grew up without a father.