The Rebel. The Jock. The Recluse. The Beauty. The Geek.
I am not necessarily these precise beings. Rebel, yes, by default really, considering I am a volatile creature of passion. Jock not so much; I’ll have to get over my completely illogical fear of the lifting machines at the YWCA first. Recluse from time to time. Beauty, meh. Geek, absolutely. I want to be a graphic novel character for Halloween. Seriously.
My breakfast club is more specific, more particular, and its denizens were determined until recent days to exclude each other out of seeming necessity. But no more.
We have the Intellectual, a studious and introverted creature who is insatiably curious. It is she who is leading my research project on intentional community as well as my return to volunteering at the library. For a long time the Intellectual disdained the Lush, an ostentatious partier, dancer, and pursuer of substances and good times of all sorts. While still not anything resembling friends, the Intellectual and the Lush are willing to be in the same room at long last, eying each other warily across the way over a book and a drink respectively.
Then there’s the Homesteader, a nesting type who is happiest when quilting, cooking with local veggies, or making homemade bug repellant from vodka and essential oils. She desires rootedness and connection, a place that is shared and beloved. The Explorer craves connection too, but of a different sort, the variety that is much more transitory and serendipitous. A campsite river view at sunrise. Friends of friends of friends in a city at midnight. The Explorer and the Homesteader have learned how to share the baton, however, and that meaning is built both in spontaneity and in months and years of hard work.
Finally, both above and within and inside the other four breakfasters, there’s the Dreamer and the Skeptic. As you’d imagine, they’re still at odds much of the time. The Dreamer sees possibility and opportunity everywhere she turns, while the Skeptic is quite convinced that it’s all to no avail, in the end. The Dreamer wants nothing more than to create, because what else can she do when the world is so beautiful. The Skeptic scoffs, because it is almost certain that anything the Dreamer creates will be forgotten. But they are beginning to coexist.
The Intellectual. The Lush. The Homesteader. The Explorer. The Dreamer. The Skeptic. A motley crew, to be sure. Yet they’re finally discovering how to learn from each other.