April 1, 2015, Prescott- I spent the day with Second-Graders, enjoying the silliness of April Foolery, at the elementary level: “Look, your shoes are untied” So much innocence, and underlying trust that things are basically okay, fuel the basic sense of relaxed fun.
It doesn’t last, and more’s the pity. I fielded a phone call from my landlord, who lives in another state. He learned of my client’s lingering presence on our compound, and gently-for now- expects me to bring the situation to a close. I gave my client two more days to move along. My eviction is neither a joke, nor an option.
His reaction was predictable, and after finding him a motel room, in lieu of his sleeping under the stars, in a forest not far from here, I formulated a plan to keep his belongings safe, should he revert to a passive- aggressive abandonment of them. That may well be how the situation “ends”.
That’s the thing about endings; they are usually hiatuses, breathers that are designed to give the tormented soul a chance to regroup his/her thinking, in light of a reality that is hard to comprehend. Here’s the rub, with my client: He was never really parented. Raising oneself, even in the rather tame world of the 1950’s, leaves lots of gaps. One only learns to consider others if one has a mother and/or father, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, who is modeling such relative selflessness.
So, I would find room in my storage closet outside, for the dozen or so boxes he has organized, and when he, or his adult children, show up to collect them, the stuff and nonsense that have played out over the past four months will have not caused any harm.