The little boy is waiting
for his end... a paradox? No, it's just a simple and quite widespread
fear to die. Many children are afraid of something, but, of course,
not everybody thinks of death. But sometimes it happens. So, the
little boy still has no idea what life really is (and as we can see,
not every adult has), but he's already learned that life has
certain END. He knows that one can't live with forty-four degrees on
the thermometer. And he.. oh, poor one! Has a hundred and two! So,
what does he have to do? Only wait for the moment of death... but, leaving
sarcasm and irony, the idea of the story is quite dramatic. No, it's
not the boy's fear to die that is in the focus... it's just a
background. The main conflict are the relationships between the father
and the son, their permanent misunderstanding. It seems that the boy is
not waiting for the end, but for his father's question "hey,
Schatz, what's wrong?” and that will be enough to believe that
everything is ok, there will be no fear anymore and no waiting...
And one more detail...
remember little boy Nick who believed that he would never die. How
different are his son's thoughts... may be, that's the answer – the
father and the child are just too different to understand each other.