Day 238 – Before Your Slick Machines Begin To Rust

I am standing in the back room of  Trader Joe’s listening to a friend tell me about their recent bout of disasters.  I should charge!  ha ha ha.  Anyway he is telling me about some pretty serious business.  Much to serious to post.  Then I realize that this is a gift.  Giving someone a forum to vent and get stuff out.  Making someone feel comfortable enough to let me in.  I don’t have much advice.  But I don’t think he is looking for any….just talking.  I offer to have dinner sometime this week with him….we try and figure out a night.  I tell him to come over and we will skip buying dinner (one of our shared problems is that we don’t have a lot of money…sigh).  So we make very soft plans to do so.  But I can see it in his eyes that he is feeling better just by getting some of that out.

This is a really quick painting of the exact sketch that I made while my friend was talking with me.  I did the original with a sharpie on a case of Joe’s Os cereal.  Now somewhere out there, that box is being recycled.  We all need a forum for our woes.  I have several forums.  But it is also nice to know that our voice is heard.  And sometimes, even if there is a forum, we aren’t heard.  I hope that my friend knows that I heard him.  And I hope we actually get together for dinner.  Take care.


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2 Responses to Day 238 – Before Your Slick Machines Begin To Rust

  1. Linda Garrity says:

    You should charge!!!! Would TJs let you set up a small booth next to the tasting station that says, “Just need someone to listen?” with a small donation jar on the table? You could “split the house” with your profits!!!
    Seriously though, I think it is a rather universal need (and it certainly is true in my life) that people just want to truly feel heard; you gave your friend/coworker a tremendous gift. Hope the dinner invite does come together-your fire-pit is a very soothing place.

  2. showed this one to Zak, he said “I like it”… then he asked me if we could build one just like it!

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