Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Graham is far more down to earth than his son, who leaps to instant conclusions about the crop circles. Instead, he assumes his trouble-making neighbors did it, and calls the sheriff over to have a word with them. When he spots, out of the corner of his eye, an alien on his barn roof, again his mind goes to the most rational conclusion, that the neighbor’s sons are messing with them for kicks. He’s skeptical of all the fuss, untouched by the hysteria, and only becomes convinced of aliens when he sees one for himself, by dealing with it trapped inside the pantry at the veterinarian’s house. When the sheriff says dogs have been acting weird, peeing themselves before attacking people, he instantly becomes concerned with his kids and rushes home to find Morgan has had to kill one, because it tired to attack Bo. Graham tackles things with a measured, practical manner. He chooses to board up the windows, because “it seems to have trouble with doors.” He talks his son through a panic attack, since they don’t have his inhaler. He has a natural way with his daughter, but can also become emotional under stress, such as when he’s angry about the family not wanting to eat their last supper and instead of convincing them, yells at them and takes half of it for himself, only to burst into tears. Graham has struggled a long time to return to his faith in God, because he doesn’t appreciate the death of his wife or understand it. Her last words haunt him, until the aliens in their home bring them into context. Then, the clear picture comes into focus – she somehow knew what was going to happen, there was a grand design in everything his family went through, and all of them will be alive because of it. His son had asthma for a reason. His daughter thinks “this water tastes funny” for a reason. His brother had a strikeout record for a reason. This allows him to once more find his faith in God, and move forward with his life at peace.
Enneagram: 1w2 sp/so
Graham remains unruffled by most things, confident, and hard-working. He thinks the rest of his family is becoming unnecessarily scared and concerned, and maintains a sense of deliberate duty and practicality in the face of media hysteria. He’s principled and wants to think he’s doing the right thing. He agrees that it’s foolish to let the kids watch too much news, rolls his eyes at the tin hats his family dons, and goes about his business unruffled, until he meets an alien, then he kicks into survival mode. Graham admits that he finds it hard to curse, even to scare people off his property, since it sounds fake and wrong when he does it; he can only muster up a single “ass” under the situation. He’s burning with unresolved anger toward God for having taken his wife away from him, and admits when his son is on the verge of dying of an ashma attack that “I hate you [God].” His 2 wing is warm and comforting, easily able to connect to Bo. When he thinks it will help his family be happy, he agrees that they should cook whatever they want for dinner, and have a special night. Even though he’s not a minister anymore, he still takes confession from an upset girl in the pharmacy, because he feels like he should.