People can surprise you. Last weekend, a good friend and a group of his neighbours were helping clean out a house belonging to an elderly couple who has just passed away. The couple was well liked in the neighbourhood but their kids were out of country and unable to return because of COVID and neighbours got together to help out.
They had been married for 50 years and living in that house for most of that time. They found family photo albums, old records, hundreds of books…. the usual stuff.
And near the end, in the back of a closest, they came across of huge pile of erotic photos, of the couple over the years, having sex with other couples. They were swingers.
My friend told this to us as a cautionary tale — be careful what you leave around your house. Someone will find it someday.
As much as I agree with that, another thought went through my mind. What a rich and amazing life they led. Think of the pieces. They had a lifetime of wonderful, vanilla, memories, as were found in the home. They were well liked in the community… why else would so many neighbours gather together to help them like that. And they loved sexual adventures.
I’m not sure I would want my neighbours finding evidence of my sexual predilections. But, on the other hand, I’m also not sure I wouldn’t want them to find it. They might think the better of me for it.. I certainly do of this couple.