They argued all day. Non-stop. On and on and on.
They argued with each other. With family, neighbors, co-workers, authority.
A constant spate of negativity gushed from their mouth.
“I should have married Alberto, he was more of a man than you could ever be”
“You weren’t so much of a catch yourself. You practically threw yourself at me. Nobody else wanted you”
“Mom always loved you the best. You were her little pet.”
“You always got away with everything and he always blamed me.”
“My dog can pee anywhere he wants. Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do.”
“Stop harassing me for money. Get a job you loser”
Two people trying to gain control by hammering others into submission.
Christopher was raised in this toxic environment. When very young he would cry in frustration and bewilderment at the noise, the angry faces, the lack of love and comfort. Over time he began to retreat to his room, close the door,stuff cotton wool into his ears and try to envelope himself in silence. As he grew into independence he would escape into quiet places and savor the silence.
He found a job and left home and his parents behind. The paradox is that he became a respectful listener, patient and attentive to the concerns of others. In this case two wrongs did make a right.
My Heart Leaps Up
My heart leaps up when I beholdWilliam Wordsworth
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.