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Everyone has heard the saying The apple doesnt fall far from the tree This common phrase of course refers to the relationship between a parent and a child However one does not always hear about the tree causing the apple to roll further and further away until it stops being an apple all together and becomes an orange Mary Gaitskill portrays this in her short story Tiny Smiling Daddy Kitty a young woman in her late twenties is almost completely estranged from her parents simply because they could not accept the choices she made in her life Her father Stew has a textbook idea of what his daughter should look and how she should act and because Kitty doesnt fit his criteria she is cast aside as a self possessed lesbian Gaitskill 230 During Kittys teenage years he tries desperately to hold on to the idealized version of his daughter which only seems to push her farther away from him As an adult he completely stops making an effort to connect with his daughter and refuses to accept the way she is living her life Stews decision in refusing to accept the lifestyle his daughter has chosen continues to drive a wedge into their relationship and forces Kitty to seek love and attention from other sources As a child Kitty idealizes her father as many young girls do She laughed at all of his odd tendencies thinking that her father could do no wrong She would giggle holding her hands against her face eyes sparkling over her knuckles 229 every time he played with the hairs in his nose She was close to her father and he idolized Kitty as much as she him The reader learns that Kitty begins to distance herself from her father at the age of fourteen While the conclusion may be drawn that this is the behavior of an average teenage girl one can assume that
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