Touching. I like the idea of Ben having a brother that he could visit. I often wondered why more of his family didn't join him on the Ponderosa. I know that this brother eventually passes, but he's close enough to give Ben a hug. I like that. Poor Adam was expecting to have relatives that he could like and instead he got Will. Sometimes life just isn't fair.
I especially like how you amplified Adam's character in his actions using the beetle. Your word selections for the young man also show how much time he spent alone reading while his single parent father worked a long day. Back then there was not such a thing as a forty-hour work week.
I think that Will must have been as difficult a child as a boy might be and you characterized him perfectly. After losing his wife, John might not see a fault in his boy during his mourning.
Thanks for sharing this tribute.Author's Response:
Thank you for the thoughtful and inisghtful review. I always thought that Adam and Will were more alike than most people think--their basic upbringing seems to have been similar--two young boys of about the same age and their fathers--no mothers and the lack of a mother always (at least according to psychoanalysts,) causes issues. Nevertheless, my impression was thatt John was always looking for a get-rich-quick solution while Ben persevered; this influence seems to have made Will a wanderer alays looking for something better over the next hill.
I appreciate your comments on the short section with the beetle--Will threw a rock at the dog--basically, just for something to do--but Adam was benevolent to a mere beetle, reining in his power.
Thanks for reading and commenting.