Jen- would you believe
That I saw Paul (the Beatle) at the dairy section in Whole Foods at Columbus Circle a couple of weeks ago? Boy. Did heads turn. Ok. I was a good New Yorker, pretending like I didn't see him. The man was entitled to his cheese!
Back to hand holding!
When Jonathan and I were first together we held hands everywhere. It was radical to do that in our part of town- strange to say- that is - on the Upper West Side. Back then (about 15 years ago), gay people were only holding hands in safe places, or what was considered a safe place, like the West Village- the gay ghetto.
Now? You see gay people of every description holding hands pretty much everywhere south of 109th Street. North of that? That's an open question.
My sense is that the circle of love- of hand holding- is widening. The ability - and right- to hold hands is universal. And I believe that the more we are Ok with doing it, the more the world as we know it will change. To be more succinct: minds will change.
I have this image in my head of gay couples sitting in pews on a Sunday morning, holding hands. Conservative or liberal congregation. Doesn't matter. No one has to say or do anything. Just sit there holding hands.
Radical. And simple.
It's what love does, right?
Be the love you seek.