I don’t mean to pick on mothers so much. In the case of David’s parents, I was trying to reverse a lot of story roles that have the father as the disciplinarian vs. the mother. In the case of Manuel’s family, I viewed her as having expectations for her children that would come off as chauvinist if it had come from his father. I tried challenging myself in shaping her reasoning and making myself question if she is actually wrong.

She may not realize it yet, but the path Manuel sees before him so far, she would view him as shunning some of his responsibilities as a man, to his family and to society as a whole. What about her older son, Carlos? Funny, you should mention that…

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