Captain’s Log 4,564
Sometimes, there really CAN be something as too much togetherness.
The only way I could even fathom doing something like this is if I was part of an Arctic expedition. And someone fell through the ice or something. And only if immediate body heat would save a life. That is the ONLY way I would think this was a cool idea. Is that guy smiling or grimacing? I think it’s a grimace. Sure looks like a grimace to me. Hope he got paid well for that. But my guess is he got zip – was probably posing for a friend’s business. Neither one looks like a model. They look like neighbors or someone’s relatives.
The more I look at it, I can see this sweatshirt thing working for a live Nativity scene. She looks a bit holy-mother-ish dressed in blue and gazing toward heaven. He looks like he isn’t the baby-daddy with that grimace on his face. He looks like he’d really want to flee that manger, get the taxes paid, and go back to Nazareth and drink wine. But then again, it made sense to wait for the royals who showed up with all gifts.
But I am sure Joseph really WAS the baby-daddy. The word “virgin” back in the day didn’t mean someone who never had sex. It meant someone who was unmarried. So yup, Joseph was the baby-daddy. They would make a great couple for Jerry Springer’s show today.
Speaking of those gifts……I wonder what happened to them. The frankincense and myrrh…..yeah. Big deal. What good are those things to a baby? Frankincense was used as perfume or incense and myrrh as anointing oil. The gift of gold would have probably made the family rich, but that story doesn’t play out in the Bible. Joseph toils as a carpenter and Jesus gives up his worldy goods (which was probably easy since he didn’t really have any). I think the whole Jesus story would have been a lot more compelling if he had been rich….or at least middle class. Just saying……
Thank goodness the person who used to read here religiously (no pun intended) took his toys and went home. He was very offended by my theological “insights” and thought I was a blasphemer. And he told me so. I guess I had no business making him think about anything other than what his minister told him was true. I respect the fact that some people want their spiritual beliefs fed to them without discussion or dialogue, but I am not wired that way. I am fascinated with belief systems and the concepts of faith. I always wonder “what if” and rarely say “that is the absolute truth written by God.” I don’t think God would have created curiosity if she/he didn’t want us to use it.
And to think this whole thing started with a picture of a sweatshirt. Rambling mind fueled by strong coffee.