I am Yin

Yinyang


I was born in the year of the Fire Rooster, according to the Chinese calendar. I am supposed to be perverse, and loudmouthed, and angry, and constantly bragging.

 

 

I suppose I am all of these things. I think medication has helped me keep my brassier character traits to a bearable minimum.

 

 

But often I find myself portraying: the caretaker. The mother. The receiver. The encourager.

 

 

In short: I am Yin.

 

 

Not long ago, we had a kind of Cleaning Day in the office. I was actually in charge of it. This was intensely difficult for me, because I hoard everything. People come to me for everything: aspirin, shovels, Swiffers, signatures, official forms. I peacefully receive and store (or stack, or just sort of throw aside) things of all descriptions.

 

 

So I watched people throwing things away, and once in a while I’d dart in, unseen, shrouded in occult darkness, and snatch up the things they were throwing away.

 

 

Because you just never know when a cookie sheet, or a teddy bear, or a leatherette luggage tag, might be really useful.

 

 

Flickering through my head all day was a Simpsons line, spoken by Mr. Burns: “Smithers, once again you have been the soothing Yin to my furious Yang.”

 

 

Let me tell you something: the Yang of the world is furious indeed.

 

 

But I do my best to cool it.

 

 

And the most encouraging thing happened recently:

 

 

My student assistant Noah, a huge varsity football player, overheard me tell someone that I was Yin. He rose to his feet, and let me tell you, he is impressive when he stands up. And he said, not loudly, but firmly: “You listen to him! He’s Yin! And he’s my boss! So you better listen to what he says!”

 

 

And I said, peacefully and in a very Yin manner, to my colleague: “You see? I’m Yin. And I have a bodyguard. So huh.”

 

 

You see?

 

 

I am Yin, the gentle and receptive.

 

 

Do as I say, or  I will have Noah muss you up.

 


 

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About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to futureworld@cox.net.

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