Monday, August 1st, 2016
In Any Case—Kind
I hadn’t quite entered the largest city of Nebraska, nor truly entered the state yet, but being that our hosts live in Nebraska, some time was devoted to milling around the edges of the city of Omaha.
I met Ray at a gas station. Ray was curious, warm and inviting. While gas was being pumped into his boss’ vehicle, Ray came toward me to ask, “A monk?”
A friendly dialogue started from there. He introduced me to his co-worker who was in the driver’s seat and just outside the driver’s seat, with the door open, a young woman known to him for two days--as Ray explained--started being frivolous. By that I mean, necking with Ray’s friend, quite out in the open. She even gently grabbed him in a certain region in a kind of lover’s horse-play. It was a scene monks just don’t usually view.
Ray and I went on about the simplicity of a monk’s lifestyle as a renunciate. He was keen.
“Can I be a monk?”
“Oh you could. Your buddy’s got a ways to go (Laughter).” My remark didn’t halt the frivolity.
This reminds me of a time when I went to a costume house to purchase items for a theatre production. It was in Gainesville, and a couple--customers who came to rent or purchase--mistook me for being part of the staff, dressed-up. The woman was particularly all over the man, in love, but in the shop. He figured it out that I was a customer and a genuine monk. So he told her, “Chill, I think he’s the real thing,” respecting my vocational position.
Anyways, the couple of today showed less shame, but I won’t judge them in any major way. They were kind to me and that seems to matter.
May the Source be with you!