Living in Honduras or Guatemala as a foreigner is sometimes hard, mostly fun and never boring. This Blog is about more than just the oddities of my years in the not-so tranquil, cobble-stoned town of Copán Ruinas and, more recently, Antigua Guatemala. Hence Serendipity, the gift of finding without seeking…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Brief Encounters of the Human Kind II: Sex Talk
must have been a Sunday, because the church along the riverside was about to
start its service.
before I registered it, my dog Luca had already noticed that the gate to the
church’s compound was open and she ran off to look for her friend Erly, a
beautifully orange coloured sort of bloodhound. As scary looking as he might
be, he’s in fact very friendly. He loves my Luca and getting his ears
scratched. But the guard who stood before the gate, a big revolver stuffed in
the back of his jeans, didn’t know that and took a step back in order to avoid
being in the middle of a possible dog fight.
worry!” I yelled, because I’d never seen the man before and didn’t know how he
would react. “They’re friends!”
he answered, still somewhat unsure, and lowered his sombrero over his forehead. Then he added: “Ah, I see. She’s a
female. No problem then.”
man, whose age was indefinable, but far from young, stood observing the dogs that
were sniffing each others butts and excitingly wagging their tails. Then he
aren’t you worried she might get pregnant?”
She can’t have puppies.”
I see! The same way they fix women too!”
yes, pretty much so.”
just like women, she doesn’t get in the heat anymore?”
started to feel slightly uncomfortable, but answered nonetheless.
she does. She didn’t get a hysterectomy. She just got her tubes tied, if you
know what I mean.”
yes… of course…” The man looked thoughtful.
good then,” he continued. “Because I’ve heard that if you cut a man’s balls
off, he can’t, you know… anymore…”
now I really wanted to walk on, but felt obliged set this straight. So I
explained that only male dogs get neutered (Their
balls cut off, was the expression I actually used), while with humans they
do the tube tying thingy. And they still can have sex. Both men and women.
Okay.” The man looked relieved. He absently played with the butt of his
revolver. “That is good to know!”
a car with late worshippers needed us to clear the gate. This was my cue.
goodbye, have a good day!” I said, while dragging Luca away from the love of
you too! Nice talking to you!”
talk with a stranger on a Sunday morning in front of a church. Hallelujah!