Friday, May 30, 2014
Mike's Story Part 35 - Bonding
"When I was about ten and had just moved to a new school, we had rope-climbing in gym. I'd never climbed a rope and I sucked. I became a champion rope-climber after that.
'Another time, also when I was ten, the kids were changing in the locker room at the pool, I was uncircumcised so I made my dad wait with me in the parking lot until the kids were done. He was furious. He spanked me. When I was twelve I got circumcised."
Then he told another story from his twelfth year - and not, as I'd incorrectly remembered, his teens, - of his father's making him a screwdriver and Mike's airing dirty family laundry ("Then Dad beat the shit out of me,") while under the influence.
Exchanging stories of childhood scars had been for him, as it is for many people, a way of bonding with others, He remembered a former FTW intern, the son of a well-known actress, (FTW headquarters were in LA, after all) whose parents used to tie him to his crib until he was nine while they went out drinking.