Things the Author of "Dirty Laundry" Does Well #42
They portray accurate emotions.
Many authors might have had the Sanchez family surround Sophia with a group hug when she came home. But honestly, what family would actually do that. They have all this pent up emotions towards Sophia, and they can finally release it.
Which is exactly what happens when Lance starts telling off his sister. You can easily see how hurt he was that his older sister, someone he confides in and feels safe around, would up and leave him and his family and never make contact for six years. He was hurt, coming out was one of the biggest and scariest moments of his life, and she missed it. He probably wanted to share that with her, and have his sister support, but for all he knew, she hated him.
They also show case how forgiveness truly works. Its not a snap of a finger, its not something that can be fixed immediately. Forgive is something that is worked towards.
When Benji says, “I’m still mad at you, okay? But I can’t be a dick 24/7. Just rap it like when we were kids and maybe I’ll talk to you again.” It shows how real people forgive.
Its a process and everyday you get closer towards it. This also displays how its perfectly okay for a person to accept an apology, but not forgive a person. Benji is open to bonding with his sister again, but not yet. What Sophia did scarred the family.
Jamie is still in disbelief that shes with them again. He holds onto her hand as if if he let go she’d leave again.