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Hickies on the Corner

There is a man who stands by my office almost every day selling Streetwise. I cannot give him money all that often but I do always stop to speak with him; I pat his arm and make eye contact with him.

Today I asked how he was and he pulled his coat collar aside to show me his neck, which appeared to have a HUGE hickey on it. Not wanting to assume I said "what is that?" and he wiggled his eyebrows and said "what do you think it is?" in a way that removed no doubt.

He then proceeded to tell me that his lover came to the shelter this morning at 5:00 AM for a "special visit". He was grinning from ear to ear and smiling up at the sun as if it were a mild spring day.

It made me think about being grateful for life's gifts even when things are hard. It made me think about sex and what a wondrous, healing, joyful and healthy thing it is (despite all the crap we humans like to make over it). It made me silently cheer for love and its diverse manifestations. It made me laugh at life's odd sense of humor and the resilience of the human spirit.

Ahhh...nothin' says "Happy New Year" like a big ole' love bite - so today, flash your hickeys on the sidewalk and wish your neighbor a happy 2009! ;>)

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otterdancing
Jan. 3rd, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
THAT
is awesome!! Aphrodite is laughing her ass off!! Rock on Love and SEX!
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