Thank you michelle.
This is one funny thread. First, we don’t know why the boy was not to leave the house. Nothing in the story indicates in any way the father knew of the funeral and the son’s intenetion to go to it. In fact, based on the dad’s reaction, it was clear he did not know the son intended to go to the funeral. Second, the story is about a young boy who cared enough about a stranger to break a rule and go pay his respects. The story is about the heart of the boy, not the rule he broke. Finally, if anyone here has somehow deduced that the father is a jerk, then they have not read nor understood the story. How is it that a boy could be raises with such moral courage and a big heart, and be raised by a “jerk.” That is completely inconsistent with the actions of the boy, and the further understanding of the father.
Okay, you’re right. Father was right. Son was wrong. Great role model for the kid.