Today, I was coordinating a time to meet up with an elderly friend of mine for the LGBT Pride Parade this coming Sunday. My friend is brilliant, accomplished, 86 years old and gay. In his note to me, he included the following comment:
“It has been a lifelong, (and) at times, a tough journey. Alas! Liberation came too late to be of much help but it’s good nonetheless. It seems Sweet on the scale only has meaning relative to Bitter.”
There is a depth of pain hinted at in those words. At the same time, I believe there is a separate, important truth.