Monday, July 12, 2010
Knights In Shining Xterras
What’s it all about?
We keep trying to answer that question. And amidst angry screams, and bruises, and mean words I figured it out. I wasn’t focused on the asshole who wouldn’t leave me alone. Instead I was focused on the fact that they came. My friends really came and saved me.
Cue the superhero music and the galloping horses. I found my own knights in shining armor. Apparently, they really do exist.
Or at least knights in shining, silver Xterras do exist. But in the future, I’d be much happier if they showed up with great fanfare, shining swords, galloping white horses and maybe a tight, Spandex superhero cape or two. But I guess I’ll settle for a dirty SUV.
And that’s why it’s here in this petit hamlet of mountain-towness, that I learned that they (whoever the ambiguous, ubiquitous “they” might be) are right when they say that you always find out who your friends are. Friends are not so self-involved that they can’t even pick you up from the hospital. Friends are not so cruel that they think nothing of sharing personal tidbits with an entire city. Friends don’t tell you that you’re beautiful and wonderful, while following with the fine print that this is true only insofar as you play their game by their rules.
Real friends play your game even when they don’t want to. They are civil to the assholes you choose to date. They roll their eyes patiently at each harebrained scheme you cook up. Even better, they come along with you when you execute it. They walk, or rather carry, you home when you’ve had too much to drink and are a crying hot mess blubbering about past loves and future lovers. They tell you when you’re being a bitch, they tell you when your clothes make you look like a five-dollar whore. They tell you when the most recent love of your life is actually a lying asshole. And they stand by you when you stubbornly ignore their advice. And no matter what, they ride in and sweep you off your feet when you least expect it. When you’re most lost. And when you desperately need a knight in shining armor. And that’s what it’s all about.