What does it mean to be a man? I've been giving that some thought since my son turns 21 next week. Part of being a man is figuring out what it means to be a man?#34;and not letting society impose its version on you. Besides, the guidebook is no longer in print.
I grew into middle age in Oak Park supposing that in significant ways my hometown had peaked. I'd sit at the stoplight at Ridgeland and South Boulevard idly looking at the decrepit storefront that had housed a string of grills I'd never even think of eating in. Later when it became an ethnic clothing store, I'd think, shabby, but at least it isn't a grill.