Mark Twain wrote, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
“You know Sarah; I just can’t figure him out. He’s 34, doesn’t date…just doesn’t seem to have any interest in women…or anyone, actually.”
“I’m almost 60 and I just read about asexuality for the first time. Maybe Tad’s asexual?”
“Let’s go online and see what we can find, Josh. I suppose it’s possible. We have three kids and each has their own issues, huh?”
“Hon, it’s the way of the world. I don’t believe that any of this is new to mankind. I think that society is just ready to hear about ‘different strokes for different folks.’”
Tad Peterman is pleasant to the eye. Tall, muscular from working out and in need of a haircut, Tad feels displaced.
With the advent of social media, Tad knows that he could join an internet support group, but he’s hesitant. Asexuality is still considered relatively new to the scientific community and he is confused as to the causation. Is it a psychological disorder, a genetic malformation, behavioral or sociological?
Something about the stigma of his conditions keeps him silent. He tried years ago to explain this to a good friend; only to lose that friendship soon after. Tad is lonely and confused.
In high school, he played the game. He dated and talked the guy talk that made him feel as if he fit in. Tad eventually left college before getting his degree in engineering. He came home to his folk’s and currently works a mediocre job. He is depressed and sleeps too much. He isn’t happy in his own skin.
Tad knows that he isn’t just abstaining or choosing to be celibate. Those tend to be choices people make.
He knows that when it comes to his sexuality he truly feels little. He isn’t bi-sexual, heterosexual or homosexual. Tad does love; his family and a few friends are in his heart. Everyone, however, seems to be sexual in one form or another. Tad feels nothing.
“It’s a sexual world, Josh. Television, clothing styles, even food are all means to an end. Should we talk to him? I mean, what if we’re off base?”
“We don’t need to come out and ask, ‘Tad, are you asexual?’ We can just say that we’re concerned about his apparent sadness and we’re here for him if he wants to talk.”
One week later, Sarah and Josh haven’t brought their question to Tad.
Tad goes to work, then to the gym and finally home. He eats in his bedroom, plays a few video games and goes to sleep. He realizes that he is finding solace in stagnation.