Dad is Dying

     Sam throws himself and his family down a spiral of peculiar events when he lies about the nature of his distressing situation. In the conclusion of the story, it seems as if all is well. His beloved canine companion is happy, his dad is engrossed with his own looks, and his mother’s racing thoughts finally slow down. The authenticity of the happy outcome is rather arguable. Is Sam’s lie truly tied to the improvements in his family life? Sam may be fully immersed into the facade he creates, altering his perception of the world around him. His family’s full reunion is in stark contrast to the story of his “dad dying”, therefore emphasizing the positive aspects of his normal, everyday life. Hence, the supposed benefits do not outweigh the burden of the lie itself. Though humorous, Sam’s slip of the tongue lays a weight on his family. He crosses the line when he begins to recognize the opportunity of advantage. A defense of self-dignity eventually morphs into a selfish act, diminishing the “positive outcome” of the fiasco.

Riddle

What walks on four legs during its youth, two when it is full grown, and three when it is old?