The other day I told the soldier I felt lonely and asked if he felt the same. He said he didn’t and explained he would if he didn’t have anyone. “But I’ve got a girl and a dog…” He added that he thought feeling lonely (when you had someone) was sort of a “woman thing”.
(swearing below the break)
A few days later I mentioned it again. “When I said I felt lonely and you said you didn’t, I felt even lonelier.”
“I’m sorry, P. but if I were lonely there would be something wrong with me. I’d go to the psychiatrist, lie down on the couch and tell them I was lonely. Well do you have anyone in your life? I’ve got a girl and a white and tan dog, I’d tell ’em. What! You’re not lonely motherfucker, what’s the matter with you? And I’d say, I have a Mexican kid and an Italian kid who hug me when they come visit me at my truck,” he said, pausing. “And they’d say, well you dumbass. That’s not lonely. Get the fuck up off my couch, how stupid can you be? See, P, men don’t feel like women. They go to work and they feel just fine, long as they have a girl and a dog, a little white and tan dog…”
Do you feel lonely?