The following are a series of tweets in the voice of Brian from “This Cody” by Lauri Anderson.
“How do you take your eyes off your ONLY son for 15 minutes in public? #amberalert #searchPARTY”
“Police are hopeful we will still find our poor son! Be on the lookout for a young boy alone wearing a blue hat near the park. #amberalert”
“Just realized I have never seen my son wear a blue hat with an orange fish on top… Is my wife lying? #liarliarpantsonfire #justgotreal”
“The reality just hit. We may not ever find our baby boy.. The police say if we didn’t find him in the first few hours we may not ever find him. #devastation #HowCanYouBeSoOblivious?”
“Thank you to all my neighbors and family for the support in this hard time. It is still day 1. Still hope left. Please help find my baby boy! #buehat #pissed”
“You have never known true terror until you have lost your only son. I am going to make the person responsible pay.. #beatdown”
“I never want to see that thoughtless b**** again. I have to get out. It has been a month. Our son is gone and this horrid wretch is worthless to me. #stircrazy”
“Her face reminds me too much of my poor lost Cody… I am moving in with a friend. I have to get out. #movingday”
“Hospital. Just got word the wife tried to commit suicide. She attempted to overdose.. on my Viagra. maybe she should read the label before she takes 15 little blue pills. #lowbloodpressure”
“I am moving back in with the wife. But we are moving out of town. I have to get away from this place where everything I see reminds me of what I have lost. #goodbyes”
“We are moved in. We have a nice place a little ways from the base of the dam. In the morning I am going to start work on a chicken coop and start tilling out a garden. #farmlife #staybusy”
“The wife is losing her nuts over this dam! She is terrified it is going to break and drown us! #b****gonecrazy”
“The wife went to meet the neighbor earlier. Turns out his name is Cody as well.. how ironic.. I can’t escape my past no matter how hard I try. #inconvenient #badmemories”
“This garden is killer. Growing our own tomatoes and vegetables! Its not quite McDonald’s but it is something useful to keep me busy. #HardWorkDoesTheMindGood”
“Practicing my whittling today when the wife emerges all done up to go visit the neighbor! She won’t hardly bathe for me. Much less put on mascara. #suspicious”
1. How would you feel, initially, if you were told your only son was lost?
2. Do you think Brian handled the situation appropriately? What could he have done differently in the first 24 hours of his son’s disappearance?
3. Was Brian’s moving out justified? Why or why not?