In the short story entitled “The Plane Reservation” written by Massud Farzan , the author, deemed as the narrator in the story who tells the story using the first person point of view, returned home to his hometown (Iran) from the United States to see how his parents are doing. What he discovered from the visit was instrumental in his next decision to follow his father’s advice and to make the plane reservation back to the United States. Thus, the thrust of the story was what one usually discovers after a long absence from home forms an instrumental part of future plans.
One shares the same sentiments with the author and main character in the story that after discovering what one intends to find out from a journey home forms an integral part of future plans. Usually, children who get to be separated from their parents and siblings to study abroad or to work in other countries get the chance to return home to visit family members and to determine their holistic status: physical condition, health status, emotional and social status, and even spiritual concerns. Just like the narrator, when he found out that his parents were actually doing well together, he immediately decided to make a plane reservation, supposedly for a trip to return to the United States. This is an indication that since their parents are relatively okay, there is no use staying longer, as one would be more productive engaging current personal and professional pursuits.
Overall, when someone asks: what have you discovered after a long absence from your home; one could honestly respond by saying that I share similar sentiments with the narrator.
Since I have been living a long time in Canada, I realized that Canadians are more respectful and I have well adapted to the culture. Therefore, I found it hard to stay long in my hometown when I get the chance to visit my family. As such, when the goal of coming home has been effectively satisfied, those who journeyed would usually go on with their lives, taking relevant advice from those we love.
Farzan, Massud. "The Plane Reservation." Spack, Ruth. The International Story: An Anthology with Guidelines for Reading and Writing about Fiction. Cambridge University Press, 1998. 141-146. Print.