Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Tuesday Feature- Ask Boyfriend

Second Response

Dear Boyfriend,

Long time reader, first time commenter. I was hoping you might share some of your insights on what it means to be an adult.

A. Manchild

Dear A. Manchild,

My initial reaction to your question is to swing directly into discussion of the linguistic significance of the meaning of adulthood as a cultural concept, but since you are asking for insight, I shall veer from the academic path and attempt to offer whatever flash first penetrates the dark paucity of my sagaciousness.

Over the course of human history, the coming of age has been marked by various rituals; the taking of an enemy's life, spending a single or multiple nights in a coffin, or paying 30k+ for liberal arts babysitting. For myself, the passage into adulthood means that when a kind soul points out that your shoes are untied, you don't look down to see that your fly is also unzipped. There is undeniable maturity in the ability to successfully clothe oneself.

Thank you,
Boyfriend
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