Gut Rumbles
 

June 02, 2004

Scars

When I was young, I had very few scars on my body but I was proud of every one I did have. I called them "war wounds" and I showed them off to my friends.

I took a shower this morning and surveyed the scars I wear today. Bejus. I look as if someone cut me with a chainsaw, and those are just the OUTSIDE scars. I have a lot of others that you can't see, because they are on the inside. I'm not sporting "war wounds" anymore. I'm just wearing a worn-out body.

I remember every scar that I have and I know exactly where each one came from, but they are almost too numerous to count anymore, and I don't want to think about them in the first place. I've beat myself half to death in this life and the marks show that fact today. My scars are ugly and they testify to 52 years of hard living.

That's one reason I like giving Quinton a bath. His body is scar-free, except for one little character mark on his face from where he fell into the trampoline springs at a neighbor's house one day. Everything else about him is unblemished, unworn and pristine. I wish I still had a body like that today.

But I don't. I resemble Frankenstein's monster.

Comments

"Bones heal, chicks dig scars, and the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!

The Simpsons

Posted by: rightisright on June 2, 2004 10:03 PM

I am "only" 37, you cantankerous bastard, and I have mucho scarrage. Years of motocross, street bike riding, drunken brawling, bouncing at a club, football, basketball (yeah, I have a root canalled (is that a word) tooth and a scarred upper lip from HS Bball), hockey (two LARGE scars and many metal plates and screws) and myriad other chicanery have left my body permanently marked. And I love it.

Let's move on to the drunken tattoos, shall we?

Posted by: rightisright on June 2, 2004 10:53 PM

Probably a bit too effete for you but try listening to: "and then there were three" Genesis. I found it very helpful at a particular time in my life. Not all the the album but some tracks are really right on.

Please listen to it and then say what you think.

I visit everyday.

Rob.

Posted by: Robert Worrill on June 3, 2004 04:38 AM
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