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Quick Write 092611 “Hey Burgess, snip, snip”

The other day I saw an Irish film probably for the first time. I’m talking about a 1993 Irish television film “The Snapper”. The movie is set in a working- class family in Dublin. The 20 year old daughter Sharon got herself pregnant, but refused name the father. She decides to keep the baby (“snapper”), and the whole family starts supporting her. It turned out that it was Sharon’s friend’s father who took advantage of her while she was drunk (I’d say Sharon was responsible for what happened that night to some extent, though.), which surprises and saddens her father. At the end Sharon gave birth to her baby, and laughs out loud at the baby’s name “Georgina”.

What the movie impresses me most is the father and his paternal love. He was quite shocked by his daughter’s pregnancy, but tried to give her all the support he could offer. The funny part is that he studies about child birth and female anatomy to better understand Sharon’s situation and prepare for her future labor, but it gave him and his wife “an unexpected bonus” in their bed. The reaction of his wife to what he’s done for the first time is so real and funny, by the way.

The title of today’s QW piece “Hey Burgess, snip, snip” is uttered by the father to the guy who made Sharon pregnant. You’d know what the father wants to cut it off, right? The guy, George Burgess (his name reminds us of somebody famous.) glances at the father and soon got into his house with no words. The scene could’ve made much more serious or violent, but the father’s anger and hatred to Burgess is turned into humor, which doesn’t seem out of place at all.

While seeing the movie, I was thinking of my father. I tried imagining what he would’ve done if I had been in Sharon’s situation. My father is a so-called Japanese classic strict father, and I had absolutely no idea how he would’ve reacted, but I just know he would’ve eventually supported me just like the father has done to Sharon in the movie. My father would’ve never said “Snip, snip” with scissors in his hands, though.

(25 minutes / 370 words)

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