group therapy

After a lively discussion surrounding the issue of disclosing one’s positive status to friends, family and possible sexual partners, the group was drawing to its close. Our leader spoke following a pregnant pause; we had been ruminating in silence over the last shared sentiment.

“But we all have our demons, don’t we?”

Rhetorical or not, a very clear image sprang to my mind in response: each of us standing behind a little round table,  with a large handkerchief draped over an irregular object. Then, with a flourish, everyone removing the fabric. “Voilà! Our demons!” Exposed, the vile little creatures, rendered in cartoon monstrosity, capered back and forth on the wooden surfaces with grasping little claws, mewing fangs, and rolling, red-pebble eyes.

“Why does yours have a lawnmower?”

I laughed, of course.


~ by A Mundi on October 27, 2009.

One Response to “group therapy”

  1. Hey there friend.
    Support groups can be dicey places beware what you share you never know who is going to stab you in the back or break the seal of confidentiality. Been here – done this. I always err on the side of caution. Only tell those you must. Not everybody need know and each in their own time as well. Everybody copes on different time tables and that’s how I judge the people I told and when I told them. Know that I am here if you need me, any time…

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