A visit from a young friend reminds me how toxic envy darkened my childhood and how Progressives still control their voters by stirring up that envy.
In about an hour, I’m getting a visit from a friend. This isn’t just any friend, though. This is a breathtakingly gorgeous 21-year-old Irish-Catholic young man who could be on the cover of GQ (before it went woke), or the cover of Sports Illustrated (before it went woke), or, if there was magazine for academic hotness, on the cover of that too. He’s handsome, athletic, intelligent, and charming.
So why is he visiting me, a middle-aged woman?
I’ll start by saying that I am not a cougar. Very not. And this young man and I most certainly do not have that type of friendship. I’ve known this young man since he was a baby, because he was at the same preschool my two attended (age-wise, he falls right between the two of them). For years, I saw this darling little boy at birthday parties, school events, and neighborhood events. To him, I was just another mother.
This all changed when he was about 12 years and discovered my sense of humor. (A few years later, the other neighborhood kids discovered my sense of humor and, for the first time in my life, I was popular with the high school crowd.) He took a shine to me, adopted me as his unofficial “aunt,” and has been my friend ever since.
What helped the relationship was the fact that I belonged to the Navy League and was active in Navy events. Because he always imagined a career in the Navy, once I got his parents’ permission, I took him to those events with me, and we got to know each other on those outings.
It’s been a pleasure to watch this sweet little boy grow up into a truly lovely young man, not just in terms of his manifest physical beauty, but also in terms of his manners and personality. He even still loves the Navy, although he’s pursuing his academics now and has put his military dreams on hold.
Aside from the sheer pleasure of this friendship, I find a rather remarkable irony in the fact that I’m friends with a gorgeous Irish kid. Let me explain. [Read more…]