Entitled “Found Affiliation”
The story of a straight-laced, and narrow minded, middle-aged man. He believes he is knowledgeable and to have experienced all of the world’s intricacies - it’s people and places. What could surprise him?
His opinions and his thoughts are explored in my narrative. These aspects of his life are of relevance to the area of study, Belonging.
Jacob, is married to a woman of perfect nature. Isabelle.
Jacob, after growing up with only his mother and with the absence of a known father, leaving when Jacob was very young, Isabelle was believed to have made his life fulfilled and now worthwhile.
A warm Friday night holds the unknown. Evident only, is the plan for a formal dinner and drinks amongst colleagues, in celebration of the anniversary of Jacob’s magazine company.
Jacob sets out the bed time rules and explains each detail of every routine to the babysitter of their child, tommy.
Swiftly, they leave home and soon enter the buzzing room filled with acquaintances.
After the presentation and meal, Isabelle leaves to get back home in time to Tommy. Jacob, instead, orders a drink from the bar. He meets an older gentleman. Jacob sits in an awkward manner as his impression of this gentleman is outwardly visible. The gentleman is openly homosexual.
Aside that fact conversation, plays out between the two men; their dialogue evolves from the magazine company, then along to friends and family. Another drink is ordered and this is where Jacob begins to tell the story of the missing piece of his childhood, his Father.
Soon, the gentleman elaborates on the state of his sexual orientation. Jacob cannot seem to come to terms with these. His mind remains closed. Time continues to pass and Jacob is needed to leave very soon. He excuses himself but the gentleman becomes difficult in the allowance of departure. He hadn’t given him his name.
This is the turning point in my narrative. This gentleman is Jacob’s...