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One Family Two Societies Growing up in a Pakistani household I was expected not to question or disrespect my father in any way My father who was raised in Pakistan was a stern man and stubborn at that My father and I never really talked about anything serious There came a point where I started to think and express my own opinions which were different from what my father had Over the past year I had become more independent of my father due the growing differences between both of us Being raised in different societies caused a major conflict between my father and I but now I realized that I could embrace a new culture and still keep traditional values It was six oclock in the morning the time I usually wake up for school My eyes felt as if they weighed a hundred pounds It felt like I had just closed my eyes only a second later to open them I had stayed up the night before working with my father at his restaurant until two in the morning and I was exhausted He always had some type of task he was working on and I would always help It bothered me that other boys could come home and do their school work then play I was also not allowed to have female classmates as friends I could not even call them for assignments This is something I didnt understand at all I could not talk to my father about these issues because the discussion was closed As I kept these feelings bottled up inside I started to resent my father and feel more rebellious towards him One day I didnt come home after school and went straight to a friends house knowing this would upset my father Because I went home late that day my father yelled at me He was not worried but angry that I did not
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