Greg + 70 years = 110th birthday Greg is 40 now Steven is 14 years old 40-14= 26 Greg had Steven at 26
Given this information, the interactions between young Greg and Rose and also young Greg and baby Steven are clearer now.
It’s not to say that age is a determinant of maturity. But in most societies, certain ages are accompanied by life milestones. People are ushered into a new social environment at the dawn of certain years in their lives. We mark these years and generally we are able to pinpoint the kind of experiences someone has had by the time these years roll around.
Like how Greg was about done with college when he decided to drop out and be a rockstar.
Or how Rose may have been his very first serious relationship. And how he was Rose’s.
And how Greg is still really young and is at the age most people are starting to reap the benefits of their work. Greg finally getting his royalty checks is doing just that.
But mostly how Greg gave up the years he was most hireable to raise Steven in a way that entered his son would always get to make his own choices in life, as he did.
I still believe in man in spite of man. I believe in language even though it has been wounded, deformed, and perverted by the enemies of mankind. And I continue to cling to words because it is up to us to transform them into instruments of comprehension rather than contempt. It is up to us to choose whether we wish to use them to curse or to heal, to wound or to console.
I need to become my own person again.
I need to stop waiting around for when others will have time for me. I need to stop feeling like I’m someone’s second or third or fourth priority. I need to rediscover what I like and who I am, rediscover my love for things and people, for world.
I need to find myself again.
It really bothers me when people say that abortion is “always a difficult choice”.
What if it isn’t? What if the pregnant person always knew they would get an abortion if they got pregnant? What if they were relieved after the abortion? What if they were excited to sign the paperwork and get this over with?
Normalize abortion. It’s a medical procedure. You don’t have to feel badly or tormented for getting one.