"Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am vast. I contain multitudes." -Walt Whitman

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

for sawni

this month will mark two score years since my arrival on this planet (much to the surprise of the doctor who had performed the tubal ligation on my mother five years earlier). i am one of those persons who is rarely the lead character in the story, but much more often a supporting actor, if not an outright spectator. there are not many miracles, much action, much tragedy and triumph to fill the pages of the book of bob. (it's beginning to be clear why this blog has such a huge audience.) the drama i've experienced has typically been the result of my own foibles and follies. i've been homeless once and broke often and irresponsible and irrational most of the time.

and no matter how much stupidity and abuse i put out (and believe me, i can be stunningly stupid and abusive), my friends and family have always been there to support me, to resuscitate me, to point me in the right direction and give me a new pair of shoes and a thermos of joe and make sure my fly was closed this time. if there's a more subtle miracle than the forgiveness of those who love us, i can't name it.
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