Losing someone may be one of the hardest things one can go through in life. Left all alone with terrible grief and feeling lost.

There are many different ways to cope with this but for some, the easiest way is to avoid facing the true feelings a tragedy may inflict upon one.

This is what the short story “Let’s go to the videotape” (2016) by Fiona Maazel is all about. A father and a son who lost their wife and mother in a car accident, and now have trouble dealing with their grief.

This indicates the tragedy, and the accident didn’t go unnoticed between the two, but it emerged in two different ways. It also indicates that Nick has trouble with picking up on his sons’ thoughts and behavior.

The way that Nick is coping with the loss of his wife is by directing much of his attention towards social media. Nick has made a short video of Gus riding his bike and crashing which he sent to “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (p. 1 ll. 11).

The video gained huge traction online, and Nick received a lot of publicity online which made Nick browse the internet for longer periods: “Nick spent the evening online” (p. 3 ll. 88-89)

This could also refer to the symbolic meaning of the title, “Let’s go to the videotape”, as a default and normal procedure to use the joy of the video clip as a coping mechanism that’s needed with the loss of Nicks wife. However, the publishing and the

amount of traction the video gained had a negative impact on Gus when he went to school: “(…) because one of the kids at school had seen the video online and called him a tard” (p. 1 ll. 32-33)

Nick uses the video without taking in account what impact it might have on Gus, and Nick ignores the harassment his son was subject to in school: “(…)

knew that kids who wanted to harass his son would find a way, video or not.” (p. ll. 34-35) This indicates a troubled bond between them.

The relationship between Nick and Gus also lacks communication. Nick is avoiding listening to his sons’ feelings by making it an excuse.