HANGZHOU, China: A Chinese father, apparently distressed after becoming estranged from his son, has taken out a full newspaper ad expressing his wish to be close to him.
In a newspaper ad, the man is featured in an old picture with his son when the pair used to spend time together, playing chess and table tennis, but now regrets the his son keeps browsing his phone or watching television even when they are in the same room.
“You’ve changed, are reluctant to talk with me, and even ignore me,” said the father, who only gave his surname Guan in the advert that was placed in the Metropolis Express, a daily newspaper in China’s eastern city of Hangzhou.
His son, Guan Shaochen, an art student at the city’s Normal University, blocked his father from his social media accounts and often refuses to answer his phonecalls, the ad says/
According to Telegraph, the father, a scriptwriter who lives in Hangzhou, laments at how on the few occasion that his son returns to the family home, the pair spend little time together.
“Every time you just sit on the sofa staring at your phone or at the television,” said the father.
“When I go near, you just get up and walk away. It appears there is a spring between us. When I try to get close to you, the further you just push me away.”
The ad shows a picture of the pair in happier times, when the son was a small boy. But things changed after the boy grew up.