You made me feel aged today.
He sat next to me in the car, the young man that he was, and told me that I was wise. Now I have never been called this before, especially not from one so young as he. I was rather surprised by this unexpected turn of events. One minute we are discussing sexual promiscuity, drinking and the life of the average student and the next he asks me if I am religious. Now why is it that these topics seem to fall onto the opposite end of the spectrum and yet they always enter the same conversation? He was asking me for an honest outsider perspective on what he termed "a socially inept Irish society". He wanted to know why I started working as young as I did and what made me wake up in the morning. He stated that I was startlingly different. "A freak" in other words he said, throwing back his head with a shy smile, waiting for the punch that never came. "You're right", I said, a proud one at that. We spoke about God then and why God matters or doesn't matter to some. We spoke about relating to God and how it affects a life. And then my car stopped in front of his house and his hand was taking a hold of mine in a firm handshake and his mother was at the door to see him in. A cut and dry business transaction. A days wages with a little extra stash.
He is working as a barman to pay for his postgraduate studies this September. He is hoping to have enough money to see himself through the first semester. He hopes to work during term to make up the rest.
His name is David. I do not know his surname. He acted in a video for me today. It was arranged through Facebook, via a friend of his, who is working for me this summer. In total I spent 4 hours in his company. I know very little about him and yet the essence was revealed. He knows my name and a few scanty other details, yet something of my soul was given.
Life, you startled me today. How is it that the smallest of moments are so great in the eye of eternity?
Life, please keep teaching me.
Yours for the taking,