When Baba was starting to get sick, Amir explained, " It started with a hacking cough and the sniffles. he got over the cough, but the sniffles persisted. He'd hack into his hankerchief, stow it in his pocket. I kept after him to get it checked, but he'd wave me away" (153). Baba was developng cancer, and this is when the roled started to swich so Amir was taking care of Baba. this was Amir's chance to show he cared for his dad, and make up for all the years that their relationship was bad.