This fictional passage defines the meaning of “living in the moment”. Wolff uses a young, controlling, conservative boy to contrast with his bold and seemingly fearless father. The son, “was a boy who kept his clothes on numbered hangers to insure proper rotation. [He] bothered [his] teachers for homework assignments far ahead of their due dates so [he] could draw up schedules” (Wolff). His father on the other hand snuck his son into a bar to see Thelonius Monk, without his wife’s permission. The narrator speaks of one specific event with much detail to show how the event has completely changed his mindset. His parents were going to split up, no matter how hard his father tried to keep him safe. This affected the son, which probably showed through his obsessive and controlling habits. However, he looked up to his father as a model of enjoying life to the fullest. His father was rebellious in many ways, such as taking a minor to a bar, or entering a forbidden zone blocked by officers during a snow storm. However, his father was a good model of protection towards his son. Even though he entered a police-blocked path, he warned his son not to follow his actions. He only did that to keep the promise he made to his mother. This gave the narrator a new outlook on life. He finally relaxed and let go of his worries, by trusting his father while he was driving. He ends with a quote to show his new perspective, “Except maybe to say this: if you haven’t driven on fresh powder, you haven’t driven” (Wolff).