Tracy Dade, Jack’s daughter, struggles with her feelings about her father. Her worst fear is that she is like him or that she will become like him. The sad truth is that she is already like him and doesn’t know it. And even if she did know, she couldn’t do a damn thing about it. Children are molded collectively by their genetics and experiences. Some would say, that’s where free will comes in, but I know there are other things too, like hormones, that can take over one’s will, especially under stress. That’s what happens to Tracy in East Garrison. Already emotionally handicapped, she becomes a walking time bomb during the last trimester of pregnancy.
When I was about to give birth to my first child, it felt as if I would die if the baby’s room wasn’t perfect. OMG. I’m not just talking feelings here either; I’m talking tears and yelling. Emotions out of control.
Jack would say people should have to be screened before having children. Take a test. Like getting a license to drive. It’s a privilege, not a right.
Tracy’s reply would be that then HE would not have passed the test, and therefore, she would not have been born…Tracy has still not forgiven her father, even after he saved her life.