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Powder by Tobias Wolff is about a man recalling his memory of a specific ski trip taken with his father at a time when his parents were on the verge of divorce He recounts the day with vivid detail telling us the reasons why his parents divorce was imminent but also how much he loves his father despite his faults The boy conveys his controlling behavior to the point of numbering his clothes to ensure rotation and asking for school assignments well in advance so that he can make up schedules in short he plans everything in his life that he can possibly have control over because of he cannot do anything about his familys situation His father is remembered as an irresponsible man who unintentionally causes problems for his son through his consistently careless actions The boy realizes he is the complete opposite of his fathers personality but admires the older mans ability to live in the moment without worrying over consequences The separation of the boys parents which is leading to the inevitable divorce is the root of the conflict His father does not help matters with his actions as in taking the boy to bars previously against his mothers will and keeping him late this particular Christmas Eve skiing longer than they should have which leads to being snowed in on the mountain because the road home is closed due to adverse weather The father comments that the boys mother will not forgive him if he does not deliver the boy home in time for dinner Showing determination thus planting the seed that he truly does care to make things right with both his son and wife he breaks the law by passing through a road block put up by local police and makes a fearless run down the mountain road covered with fresh powder from the snowstorm The boy is filled with worry over the consequences waiting for them at the
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