Author and historian, Colin Grant, talks about the father that abused and rejected him to the point where he felt moved to kill him. However, he explains about how this man’s choices effected his path in life and how he eventually came to find a heart of forgiveness or compassion.
Each generation builds up an edifice which they are reluctant or sometimes unable to disassemble, but in the writing, my version of the story began to change, and it was detached from me. I lost my hatred of my father. I did no longer want him to die or to murder him, and I felt free, much freer than I’d ever felt before. And I wonder whether that freedness could be transferred to him.