Merle Rant/Hcs? Sorta?
So something about a very small criticism of Merle’s character really stuck out to me. And I’m not going to “pull rank” or pull any “cards” based on my personal life, but Merle’s deadbeat Dad thing is something I think about a lot and relate to significantly and I still love Merle because of one single fact:
He was a dead beat dad, emphasis on the “was”
I’m not making any excuses for him but there is a fact, Merle was miserable (even more so a misery he didn’t put there himself, Lucretia had a big part in relocating them and giving them their “new” lives and I completely am behind her arranging Merle to be married as a way to tame that wild spirit of him). A miserable man as a father most likely doesn’t translate well at all, especially if it was truly loveless, truly empty for him.
Merle leaving his kids is canonly something he really thinks about as we learn through lunar interludes and there is something Merle does that not only outshines the fact he was a deadbeat father for the 6 or so years he has been away. He comes back. The balls that must take for a man who knows he has failed his children to come back and make that effort, and I call it balls and not just common sense because there are so many dads who run off and don’t ever come back. Merle makes these efforts for his biological son and his step daughter whom he treats which as much as love as his own son. Merle being the “peacekeeper” probably ran off the way he did to avoid a fight breaking out between him and his estranged ex-wife in front of his children.
Merle travels with Taako and Magnus, these men who canonly call him father at one point or another or look to him as a silly dad and I can only image that bittersweetness that builds. I can only image looking at Angus and being so off put by him because Angus probably as studios as he is reminds Merle of his Mavis.
Merle has a man, does something commendable and rebuilds his bond with his family and its not just a present thing, its something at continues on into his future. He builds his future around being there for his kids and never again leaving them.
He was unhappy because he was missing adventure and was stunted in his marriage, leaving his kids, yes it was a bad move on his part. But in the end, he is a happier man, a happier father and is sharing the thing he loves, his success with his children.
I don’t think of Merle as a deadbeat father. I think of him as a father who made some mistakes and at the end of the day loves his children and his friends.
And I know its Taako day but Pan almighty to I love Merle fuuuuuuckin’ Highchurch so much.