When old man Dumar is found dead by the railroad tracks, Pa starts speculating that he’s been murdered. But the young boy who tells the story of Eyes Like My Pa isn’t concerned so much with whether there is a murderer on the loose or the old town drunk died by accident – instead, he feels a sense of relief that the creepy man who had been frightening him and his friends on the way to school was no longer a threat. But things change for the boy when he reveals his true feelings to his father, and his eyes are opened to the world in a different way.
Eyes Like My Pa is a sentimental coming of age short story. Though not specifically mentioned, this is part of the author’s Martins Ferry stories and can be enjoyed by all ages.