On Seeking The Genuine And Matching T-Shirts

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On Seeking The Genuine And Matching T-Shirts

This past week­end, the mys­te­ri­ous albeit not myth­i­cal Mrs. Dude and I did a quick trip down South­ern Cal­i­for­nia way for the pri­mary pur­pose of attend­ing a beloved friend’s daughter’s baby shower. And, as long as we were in the neigh­bor­hood, swing­ing by to visit the mice and the ducks and the dogs and the chip­munks. In other words, Dis­ney­land. The two events made for an inter­est­ing com­par­i­son, to say the least.

While at the House of Mouse, it was dif­fi­cult to look in any given direc­tion with­out imme­di­ately being assaulted by the sor­did phe­nom­e­non known as match­ing T-​shirts. For those of you who’ve man­aged to avoid this sce­nario up until now, this does not refer to every­body in a group wear­ing the exact same park or char­ac­ter shirt. Rather, it refers to a gag­gle of peo­ple wear­ing cheap home­made shirts, said pur­pose being inform­ing one and all that they, and/​or some­one in their party, is so spe­cial, and so mer­it­ing atten­tion, spe­cial cloth­ing must be worn so that they may be prop­erly hailed.

Doubt­less it is a spe­cial occa­sion to those involved that lit­tle Timmy is hav­ing his fifth birth­day, or the whole fam­ily is tak­ing a vaca­tion, or the bridal party has decided to stop by here before run­ning off to Vegas and get­ting wasted together. Why the rest of the world should know, or care, above and beyond maybe some­one say­ing some­thing so some­one else can con­grat­u­late them, remains a mystery.

Some­how, in a amuse­ment park ded­i­cated to the realm of fan­tasy, with tens of thou­sands of peo­ple in atten­dance seek­ing escape from their daily real­ity in said fan­tasy, the notion that your every­day events (and you) are so incred­i­bly spe­cial, and unique, that every­one should take note both amuses and sad­dens. Frankly, folks, no one else cares, nor should they be expected to care, nor can they be made to care. You and/​or your child and/​or your grand­child and/​or your fam­ily event is nei­ther so cute, nor so smart, nor so unique, that the rest of human­ity should take spe­cial note. The most egre­gious exam­ple of this wit­nessed to date was a fam­ily wear­ing match­ing shirts memo­ri­al­iz­ing grandma, for noth­ing speaks of sin­cer­ity like trolling for sym­pa­thy at the hap­pi­est place on earth.

Now, you are spe­cial and unique to God. How­ever, care­ful Scrip­tural research has yet to reveal any indi­ca­tion that draw­ing atten­tion to your­self is a worth­while, noble, and alto­gether pleas­ant pro­ce­dure. You’re in Dis­ney­land, okay? No one is there to see, or pay atten­tion to, you. They are there to see Mickey and Min­nie and Don­ald and assorted princesses and super­heroes. Besides, if you really wanted to be hon­est, you’d wear a T-​shirt say­ing some­thing like TEAM 37th IN LINE FOR A DOLE WHIP.

Fast for­ward to the next day and the baby shower. I freely admit baby show­ers aren’t my thing, but given the fam­ily involved attend­ing this one was a plea­sure. Besides, some­one had to get the baby the right pro­fes­sional sports team apparel to wear. #LetsGoSharks

What most marked the event wasn’t, thank­fully, a gag­gle of women trad­ing labor pains sto­ries. Rather, it was the out­pour­ing of sheer, unadul­ter­ated, unfil­tered, pure love. The radi­ant glow of the mom to be. The float­ing on air joy of the soon to be first time grand­mother. The equally float­ing on air joy of the soon to be first time great-​grandparents. The love for the Lord; the love for each other flowed from and to all who were there. It was a truly spe­cial, blessed occa­sion. Moments like these pro­vide much needed refresh­ment in a self-​obsessed world.

True love never calls arti­fi­cial atten­tion to itself. It instead flows nat­u­rally, any notice of same com­ing as a nor­mal byprod­uct of its pres­ence. The expres­sion “true love waits” is often bandied about in rela­tion to abstain­ing from sex before mar­riage. This is true, but it has another mean­ing. True love also waits until the world has exhausted itself with its end­less horn blow­ing and tub thump­ing. Then, and only then, does it reveal itself to be the genuine.

Seek the gen­uine. And lose the stu­pid T-​shirts.

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This past weekend, the mysterious albeit not mythical Mrs. Dude and I did a quick trip down Southern California way for the primary purpose of attending a beloved friend’s daughter’s baby shower. And, as long as we were in the neighborhood, swinging by to visit the mice and the ducks and the dogs and the chipmunks. In other words, Disneyland. The two events made for an interesting comparison, to say the least.

While at the House of Mouse, it was difficult to look in any given direction without immediately being assaulted by the sordid phenomenon known as matching T-shirts. For those of you who’ve managed to avoid this scenario up until now, this does not refer to everybody in a group wearing the exact same park or character shirt. Rather, it refers to a gaggle of people wearing cheap homemade shirts, said purpose being informing one and all that they, and/or someone in their party, is so special, and so meriting attention, special clothing must be worn so that they may be properly hailed.

Doubtless it is a special occasion to those involved that little Timmy is having his fifth birthday, or the whole family is taking a vacation, or the bridal party has decided to stop by here before running off to Vegas and getting wasted together. Why the rest of the world should know, or care, above and beyond maybe someone saying something so someone else can congratulate them, remains a mystery.

Somehow, in a amusement park dedicated to the realm of fantasy, with tens of thousands of people in attendance seeking escape from their daily reality in said fantasy, the notion that your everyday events (and you) are so incredibly special, and unique, that everyone should take note both amuses and saddens. Frankly, folks, no one else cares, nor should they be expected to care, nor can they be made to care. You and/or your child and/or your grandchild and/or your family event is neither so cute, nor so smart, nor so unique, that the rest of humanity should take special note. The most egregious example of this witnessed to date was a family wearing matching shirts memorializing grandma, for nothing speaks of sincerity like trolling for sympathy at the happiest place on earth.

Now, you are special and unique to God. However, careful Scriptural research has yet to reveal any indication that drawing attention to yourself is a worthwhile, noble, and altogether pleasant procedure. You’re in Disneyland, okay? No one is there to see, or pay attention to, you. They are there to see Mickey and Minnie and Donald and assorted princesses and superheroes. Besides, if you really wanted to be honest, you’d wear a T-shirt saying something like TEAM 37th IN LINE FOR A DOLE WHIP.

Fast forward to the next day and the baby shower. I freely admit baby showers aren’t my thing, but given the family involved attending this one was a pleasure. Besides, someone had to get the baby the right professional sports team apparel to wear. #LetsGoSharks

What most marked the event wasn’t, thankfully, a gaggle of women trading labor pains stories. Rather, it was the outpouring of sheer, unadulterated, unfiltered, pure love. The radiant glow of the mom to be. The floating on air joy of the soon to be first time grandmother. The equally floating on air joy of the soon to be first time great-grandparents. The love for the Lord; the love for each other flowed from and to all who were there. It was a truly special, blessed occasion. Moments like these provide much needed refreshment in a self-obsessed world.

True love never calls artificial attention to itself. It instead flows naturally, any notice of same coming as a normal byproduct of its presence. The expression “true love waits” is often bandied about in relation to abstaining from sex before marriage. This is true, but it has another meaning. True love also waits until the world has exhausted itself with its endless horn blowing and tub thumping. Then, and only then, does it reveal itself to be the genuine.

Seek the genuine. And lose the stupid T-shirts.