Our friend Ben hates the calls of the hadedas feeding on his lawn early morning. He laments the loss of sleep. He owns a top of the range motorbike. It is his pride and joy. Every morning he roars to his office on his black monstrosity, with hadedas scattering in all directions.
I met him at the Spar Superstore on a Sunday morning. After the usual niceties I asked the about the death wish of getting a motorbike later in one’s life. He looked at me , smiled and quoted Henry James: “Woe to the man who does not put his trust in life.” Putting on his thick, black leather gloves, he continued: “Live. Live all you can. It’s a mistake not to.” Who am I to argue. But please if you have to ride a motorcycle to fulfill your dream of a well lived life, don’t do it where the hadedas gather and humans sleep!