The Power of Impartation

By Francis Frangipane

I know a man who, as a young teenager, endured a violent outburst from his father. The incident had to do with a style of shirt that other teens were wearing. First, his dad told him not to buy the shirt and then, after the young man showed up wearing it anyway, his father told him to take it off. When the boy resisted his dad exploded, actually ripping the shirt while it was still on the young man's body.

For whatever damage the violence did to the young man's psyche, there was a deeper side effect. Later in life, my friend married and had his own children. As life would have it, his oldest son wanted to wear a certain "hip-hopper" shirt, to which my friend objected.  Later that day his son tried to sneak out of the house wearing the shirt but was caught.  Just as his dad before him had done, my friend exploded and, while the shirt was still on his son, he ripped it in several places.