Who knows about tomorrow?
One thing that the kid takes after me is that he runs hot. He often doesn’t wear a jacket out and I see parents looking at me as if I’m crazy.
But, I figure, he knows when he’s uncomfortable so I’m gonna respect that.
On that note, I’ve been wrestling with bringing my son to jits these days because of his eczema.
But, from everything I’ve been researching, most kids grow out of it so I’m hoping that this is just because our apartment is obscenely dry.
Hoping that the summer will be much better for him.
My very first girlfriend came from this very wealthy family. In 1990, her weekly allowance was $100, which is about $215 in 2022 purchasing power.
Mine was $20, I think?
At that time, I thought McDonalds was eating out, but she took me to places like Tavern on the Green and the restaurant at Rockefeller Center.
For our one-month “anniversary,” I bought her a pair of cheap gold-plated earrings; she got me a limited edition automatic Fendi watch. It was strange and different.
I think that the people that we let into our lives leave pieces of themselves with you – again, that whole you’re the average of the five people thing I always talk about.
She was not the nicest person and, because she was my first girlfriend, she left a lot of her good and bad traits and outlooks with me. How I look at dating, women, relationships, etc.
I think that, even some three decades later, I’m still trying to rid myself of bad traits people leave with me, including hers.
On the flip side, after Alison died, I left most of my old friends – who probably represent some of the best parts of me – because they were a constant reminder of her to me but, enough time has passed that it’s not that sharp anymore, which is one of the reasons I’m seeing them more these days.
One person I see somewhat regularly is her best friend. We actually don’t talk about Alison all that much but she’s a constant presence in our conversations, regardless.
It’s nice because I still feel connected to Alison in these small ways as I disconnect with others.
It’s strange. I feel like the past six years, my life was lived by someone else, someone I feel sorry for. He suffered, Alison suffered. It was all just shit.
Over a decade ago, I wrote about St. Augustine and how he ran into a prostitute that he used to visit before he became St. Augustine. The story goes that she tried to get his attention and when he walked past her, she said, Augustine, it is I.
And he replied without stopping, Yes, but it is not I. Because he wasn’t that guy any more. He looked like him but was not him.
That’s kind of how I feel again. I remember the horror and sadness, but I almost feel detached from it. It was me but not me.
Suppose it’s a survival mechanism but I do need to survive after all, so it makes sense.
Anywho, it was actually the second time I wrote about St. Augustine because, five years prior to that, I felt the same way.
Honestly, I don’t remember either guy at all – neither the 2006 version of me, nor the 2011 version of me.
If there is anything I have of value, for better or worse, it is the ability to survive and forget. Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.
I remember seeking the Golden Mean in 2006, again in 2011, and again now. It’s not ideal but it’s better than the alternative, I suppose.
Her: Are you ok?
Me: (shrugging) I am today. Who knows about tomorrow?
On that note, I limit myself to only a few articles a day about what’s happening in Ukraine. I feel my blood boil and the emotions rise again when I read about pregnant women being attacked in a hospital for, really, nothing but money.
This article about a man losing his entire family set me off for a while before I put it away in head.
His wife was 43, his son Mykyta was 18 and daughter Alisa was nine, when they were murdered this past Sunday.
All I could think was that, if it was me, I would burn the entire world down and wouldn’t stop until someone killed me. Hardly a healthy mental state.
And this fucked up world is the world I’m bringing this kid up in.
I wonder if my buddy was right about the ethics of having a kid. But it’s too late, regardless, I’m in it. We’re in it.
I’ve gotta make sure he’s ready.
Him: Are we going to jiu-jitsu?
Me: Do you want to go?
Me: (laughing) Then let’s go.
Location: earlier today, watching him do an armbar for the first time
Music: you ain’t coming home. I am your family tree (Spotify)
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