April 17, 2013 by Isaac Hovet
While at a Skate World birthday party, I watched an interesting person. Perhaps one of the more curious people I’ve observed.
With a long pony tail and an acne riddled face, I would guess my subject to be 20 years old.
I noticed him arrive at Skate World and take his back pack directly to his table just outside the rink. As soon as his table was claimed and his stuff arranged, he anxiously looked around for someone.
To and fro he meandered through the snack-sitting-take-a-breather section of Skate World.
“There you are, I was starting to worry!” he exclaimed as he rushed past me to his longed for companion.
It was just what I thought: a girl. She too looked to be just out of her teens. Her hair was cropped short. Her attire was similar to his and they embraced as lovers do.
And then, they both presented fox tails. And they strapped these tails to their belts. These were not small rabbit foot size charms, but were at least 2 feet in length.
They skated with tails.
And, he skated to impress her. At one point, a common skating rink kid’s game was played: Red Light—Green Light. Mr. Fox, with great concentration beat all of the grade-schoolers and middle schoolers he competed against.
I could see the pleasure he took from winning. Not because he beat the children around him, but because he had been impressive to Miss Fox.
I make the observation that we are all people. And all people need similar things. Actually, we need the same things: connection and acceptance — to be able to identify with another — to be unique — to be loved
Each day, as I live amongst my fellow humans, I am impressed by our individual uniqueness AND how much we are the same.
I guess you could say I am on a journey away from small-mindedness and finding myself enjoying the breadth of God’s creation. I want to love like God does.