Erick’s mother came from a poor and criminal environment of Mexico’s streets and migrated to the United States to seek a better opportunity and life for herself and her son, Erick. Attaining power and sustainability in life was her primary goal, and she used love and sex to try and get enabled men who had the financial status to care for her and her son. Erick’s mother was more attracted to men wearing ties, which was an indicator of respected and wealthy individuals, and despised the others. The statement that “she almost always gave her number if he was wearing a suit. Not a sports coat but a buttoned suit with a starched white shirt and a pinned tie meant something to her” indicated that she was ready to offer love to those men if they guaranteed power and sustainability in her life (Gilb 285). Erick also desired to have a father who was rich and famous such as the engineer. He wished that the engineer could have married his mother to attain the better lifestyle and financial resources.
Erick was not fond of Roque as he did not live a flashy life as the engineer. However, Roque was loving and adored both Erick’s mother and him (Gilb 286). As seen at the end of the story, Erick accepted Roque, indicating that his mother finally got the family and stability she desired. The achievement is evident as Erick discarded the note given by a prominent basketball player to deliver to his mother. The lesson that Erick learned is that the ability to be a loving father and a husband is not defined by wealth or the social status in the society but by character and understanding.
Gilb, Dagoberto. “Uncle Rock.” Before the End, After the Beginning. Open Road+ Grove/Atlantic, 2011, pp. 285-289.