Just Like Having Your Balls Clipped Off ...

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Darin Hufford has quite the hook to the beginning of this blog post:

I once told my ten-year-old nephew that when he turned eleven we had to take him to the doctor to have his balls clipped off. I explained that it's a bit painful, but once the doctor clips them off with a pair of sterilized wire cutters, his "adult balls" could come in and he would be ready to enter the next phase of life. I'll never forget the look on his face. Especially because his eleventh birthday was only a few weeks away. It pretty much threw all the excitement about his upcoming pool party out the window.

I'm not proud of having told him that, but it still chuckle about it to this day. He's twenty now and has a kid of his own. We still laugh about that from time to time.

I remember seeing the same nervous look on his face that I had when someone informed me as a new Christian that I had to be in Church.

Hehe :) Yeah. I can relate ... well, you know what I mean. It was bad enough GOING to church and watching grown men sing Jesus Is My Boyfriend songs. I couldn't imagine what it would be actually BEING one in that sort of setup.

I couldn't imagine being in that setup, whether male, female, hermaphrodite or a flea. I just couldn't go back. And yeah, I know, I know, Darin ends up talking about a love affair with God, being wooed by God etc and goes all pathetically mushy in the end. But you gotta grant him a bit of mush after 16 years with an unpleasant cow :)

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  1. I'd like to know HOW LONG you let your nephew live with the notion that he was getting clipped...

  2. Oh, sweetie, I don't think God works that way. I don't know why you are still stuck feeling that way. I wish I could just come and lift it off you, but that is your work to do :( Which is a sucky sort of answer but I just don't think that God is sitting there saying, "I'll let her stew longer and keep myself withheld." I just don't think s/he operates in that sort of paradigm. If anything, it is the other way - so much freedom that we get agoraphobic.

    Having said all that, I don't know why God won't send you his angels. I don't know why he isn't doing that sort of thing. I ask unabashedly for it all the time for people.

    Listen for him in the music. I think God always speaks to us through the things we are passionate about. Oh, and have fun at Mr Springsteen. I am terribly jealous ;)

    1. What a pain-in-the-arse know-it-all response this reads as! Sorry about that, Ms B

  3. at least the cutters were going to be sterilized!!! Boy so funny ... way to funny ... how's your nephew going in his counseling sessions by the way?

  4. At first I thought it as about you and the 11 yr old nephew was worrying me ;) I have problems with the church, but I also see people thrive in it and live quite content happy lives. *shrug* this guy annoyed me.

  5. Hey Mark - not my nephew, but someone I was quoting from, haha. A man I was quoting from, I should say :)

    CB - Yes, of course. But I still think that the people who thrive do so despite it far too often, because of the life they have in them. I just wonder why so often it is such a dead fish but yeah, I agree - people thrive in all sorts of situations, hooray :)

  6. Sue, I just got to this post this morning. The story about your nephew had me on the floor. Thanks for the laugh :)

  7. Okay. I'm gonna have to edit this post I think. This nephew, he's not mine, people :)

  8. who cares whose nephew it is.....that's funny.

  9. Yeah, Kentster, I like Darin's honesty and irreverence :)


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