Broke my bong and just getting over it.
What can you say when talking about a long lost friend? Especially when the mourning started when I broke my bong. The natural order of things is to fall into disrepair. But it is slightly annoying when something meets its demise well before its time.
This little snippet actually took over a month to get started on because I didn’t know where I wanted to go with this. I didn’t know how to talk about and capture the pain that actually goes along with breaking an essential piece in your glass collection.
It’s different than breaking a kitchen plate or a coffee mug. Once a piece has been broken, that particular smoking high and experience is suddenly gone. No longer can you take a quick hit off of it if you’re heading out for the day. You can’t pass it around the smoke circle with your friends anymore. The particular way you hit the piece and how much you were able to smoke at once now suddenly means nothing. Because that piece is no more.
As it is happening to me now, you fail to be able to explain the joys of the destroyed treasured memory to other people. So instead of continuing on with the explanation, you are met with feelings of sorrow and regret. You realize no one will ever be able to truly appreciate the memory of the piece like you could.
The piece pictured here was named “El Bongo.” I’d go into more detail about this piece, but honestly, it took me to a dark place. The first draft of this wasn’t very much fun to write. It brought up a lot of bad memories. I started to think about every little thing I had ever done wrong. I almost didn’t finish this article.
But after some thinking on the subject, I think that It’s important for me to write this. So listen up.
If someone else broke my bong? Understand that even though a bong is a smoking experience and hold a lot of memories, it IS still just a piece of glass. Things are just things. Once the piece has been broken, amends are made. Make it a point not to bring up the fact that the person broke it.
(I guess I’ll throw in a little bit of a disclaimer. If you are the person who broke the piece, it is your obligation to make sure that you replace it or pay for it. That’s common courtesy. If you’re a respectable human being, you’ll take responsibility for your actions.)
Think seriously before you go on continually shaming someone for breaking a piece. The repercussions can be unexpected and dark. If you constantly remind someone of what they have done wrong, even though they have already apologized you’re teaching them that it doesn’t matter whether they apologize or not. They’re still going to be ostracized for their past sins. And that doesn’t sound like someone I would hang out with.
So whether it’s with yourself or with other people who have broken something that belongs to you, remember that we all deserve a little bit of love and mercy… even if you broke my bong.