By Bart Vogelzang |VANCOUVER ISLAND, B.C., CANADA -- The other day I was sitting in the public community aquatic center sauna, and in walked a young virile looking black man with an older, ‘significantly over the hill’ looking white man. They sat close together, looking much like some of the couples already in there. As I normally do, I ensured they felt welcome to join in the discussions we were having, by immediately engaging them.
Unlike some other locales, our community sauna facilities are a hotbed of conversation, with topics ranging from economics to ethnicity bias, law enforcement to volunteerism, obesity and the medical system, and just about any other topic in between or outside those. I’m not sure why, but the conversations never carry beyond the sauna door, not even to the steam room. Strange, but true.
After about 15 minutes, the older man said, “I think I’ll go for another dip”, and he was followed immediately by his companion.
Now for the point of this short article…not one person questioned the relationship. There was no comment about black and white. There was no comment about young and old. There was no comment about two men being close.
The only comment, echoed variously by all there, was simply, “I wonder how they found each other?” Now if that isn’t progress, I don’t know what is.