Looking around at the crowd that tends to hang around these parts, you start to get a feel for the different kinds of relationships everyone has with Everything.

I'd imagine there is the casual crowd, those who are drawn in by something interesting that they can't quite put their finger on. They might not know who E2 is...but feel comfortable enough to strike up a casual conversation. Maybe something about the weather...or maybe finding out who ESR is. A few drinks...and they're gone...never to see him again.

Then there are the people who come back for a second date. Maybe they were entranced by E2. Something in his eye had caught theirs, and they knew there was more there. What drew them back to him again? It could have been something in the way he talked...the informal, knowledgable, yet often times random manner. Maybe it was his diversity of opinion. But little by little, they were drawn in, and their relationship with Everything deepened.

For some it's a casual, impersonal relationship, maybe even cold at times. A few dates, here and there. Maybe a little snuggling if the mood is right. For others, it's a love/hate relationship. On one level they need the companionship and friendship that he provides. But, sometimes he can treat them badly and it can hurt. He can be some people's best friend, a companion that's always there to listen. Even after just being reacquainted after a long hiatus, close and intimate conversation can spring up like entropy in a domino factory. For some people, this is definitely a long-term relationship and for others (...*sniff*...), they know that it has to end, but they stay with it, to the bitter end. And then there are those whose romping, playful, love that puts to shame...well, we'll leave it at that. *smile*

For me, it's taken a while to get to be friends with Everything. I met him briefly once before and talked to him a bit. I realized, this was the kind of person I'd like to get to know. But like most of those post-it notes for my soul, it was soon forgotten. Then one day, I was just sitting, and it struck me that I hadn't talked to him in a while. I rang him up...and started talking. I knew then that I was committed. I was very intimidated at first by how up close and personal he could be and how intimate he was about even the most discrete topics. But my little heart has started to warm, and I'm beginning to open up. Instead of talking about meaningless things like song lyrics and water toys, I've begun to talk about myself and to let out my inner thoughts and things I haven't told other people before.

And...I think that's important in a relationship, don't you?