Right from the beginning of this chapter, the author presents the disappointment that her father had when it dawned on him that January 1st, 2000 had arrived and no form of annihilation had come upon the people. The author states that “When January 1 dawned like any other morning, it broke Dad’s spirit” (Westover 92). The world was as it had been and electricity was still there. Telephones were functioning normally.
Westover’s father would sit in front of the television for hours waiting for the fulfilment of his prophesy regarding the end of the world to no success. Westover’s mother organized a trip for them to go to Arizona in hopes that it would provide her husband with a new and cheerful environment to distract him from his disappointment. Her wise idea, as always, did the trick as the Arizona sun was able to cheer up Westover’s father. While in Arizona, the father reprimanded Westover’s grandmother for taking chemotherapy stating it showed a complete lack of faith in the healing that she could get from God. Even though his prophecy of judgment day was not fulfilled, he still maintained his religious beliefs and faith in God.