Pandas are great.
This past weekend a good friend of mine got married to a good man. I have no doubt about their happiness and truly I am happy for both of them.
Me and my friend Liz had a joke that we had been “banding-about” since our years in college about pandas leaving the zoo. If you’ve spent much time with me, you’ve likely heard the joke, or at least had the chance to hear me explain it.
Essentially it is that when one of our friends would get engaged, we would say, “there goes another Panda leaving the zoo…”.
The logic behind this being that there aren’t many Pandas and if there’s a another suitable mate at another zoo that panda would leave the zoo to be with them. Really it was our own way of pouring out a “cold one” for our fallen single friend.
Well, another Panda has left the zoo.
Back then we were creating a larger significance to our friends getting engaged and now I see the Panda leaving the zoo a little bit differently.
It’s not like the scene at the end of the Lord of the Rings movie where the hobbits are crying about Frodo leaving because they’ll never see him again but if instead much less drastic than that. However when you’re single it surely can feel like you’re the last hobbit in hobbiton.
Either way, I’m glad to see all my friends that are able to find the right ‘panda’ for them. Sure I like to joke and call people who get engaged “quitters”, but life is far too treacherous a journey that I would wish anyone to pave their way alone.
I wish that everyone could be that couple on the dance floor who was married for 55 years and still had enough spunk to give a little advice to my newlywed friends. When I see such happy couples young and old all I can do is smile. Everyone from my friends, to family they found their panda.
For all you’ve that have found your Panda, congrats! For all of you haven’t, keep fighting the good fight, because there’s a panda out there, just waiting at another zoo.