I have to write a "getting to know you" piece for the bulletin at new church where I will be starting next week. I HATE writing these things. It is not that I can't do this, it is just that we have the "wife and kids" thing.
Do I not say anything? Well, that is a red flag 'cause everyone talks about their "Beautiful Wife and Three Awesome Kids." (Doesn't anyone have an ugly wife and mediocre kids?) But if I say, "I have a wonderful partner of 4 years.." immediately, some people are put off and I am not around to do any damage control.
I always wonder why it has to become such a big thing. Granted, I am gay, but it is not the ONLY thing in my life; it is not even the most interesting thing in my life. But the moment I say it, it becomes the thing people latch onto. And if I don't say anything about it, people accuse me of "trying to hide it because I am ashamed of it." Neither of these are true: it is just part of who I am, like I have brown hair and a paunch.
I don't know.
The picture at the beginning of the post is the new piece I just finished. I kind of like it! But do you know how hard it is to find male nude patterns? Female nudes are everywhere, but men are mighty sparse. And then again, comes the whole thing on the appropriateness of a priest making nudes. I don't know if I would feel the same way if this were a female nude because those are accepted by society.
I am probably just overthinking everything.