Once, a few years ago at a quasi
weekend gather I attended, there was a men’s ritual, of sorts. It didn’t involve naked males peeing on trees
, or beating on drums
... It was more like a support-group workshop, I suppose, or a philosophy class
, where we debated the nature of men in modern society, and our place in it.
At the end, there was a cup
passed around, full of honey wine
. Somewhere along the line, before it got passed to me, everyone was toasting before they took a drink. ‘To children
’ and ‘to love
’ and ‘to women
’ and maybe even cars, I think. When it reached me, I paused, opened my mouth, and toasted to the notion that no one has to grow up, if they don’t want to
I think my hair was in a mohawk
that day, two feet tall and reds and yellows and white
I spent some time at Karla
’s house with Jes
, last night. I almost enjoyed myself, actually.
It’s not that I don’t like Karla, or Aun
, or Allison
, or anyone else who was there... It’s just that very little happens when they all get together. They sit around, and watch each other play video games
, most of the time.
I turned off the TV
, shortly after I got there. Reached over, turned it off, and within ten minutes
we had a fairly interesting conversation going.
Secretly, I really enjoy their company sometimes, especially Gav
. Most of the time, that is.
I was talking to Rose
on the phone, a day or two ago, and she was talking about her trips back to Ottawa
, to visit. She had an interesting observation on the whole social circle, really. She said that when she got back into town, and she went to Elgin Street Diner
, everyone was still there, in the exact same seats she left them in.
And it’s true. Not one word of an exaggeration
. Not that it’s any of my business if that’s what they wanna do.
I just wonder if any of them really enjoy it anymore.
According to lore, when Jes met Orbit
, he gave her a warning about me. “Don’t worry about Jairus
, he’s an elitist bastard
. He’ll ignore you for a while, and then decide if he wants to talk to you.”
I suppose I would be offended, if there weren’t some truth in it.