I saw the crazy guy inside the
Capitol Rotunda with his tattoos,
Daniel Boone cap and Viking horns
and it were the horns that really
caught my attention. The guy?
He’s a looney-toon, 32-year-old
actor from Phoenix. The horns?
I guess symbols of white, male
aggression, violence, supremacy.
I am about 50% Scandinavian and
while I have never known very much
about my roots, I have mythologized
what they are and therefore who I
am, but, actually I’m thinking about
the Scandinavia I hear about today —
world’s happiest people, environment-
ally aware, peace loving. Back to
the horns. Symbols of savagery. I
am the son of Gust. I guess that
would make me a Gustafson even
though I was told my name was
Hanson before some ancestor changed
it to what it is today for reasons
never explained. While I love my
long-deceased father, I actually
like my baptism name better —
child of God, brother and friend
of Jesus; you know — Jesus, the
Middle-Eastern, dark-skinned guy
who is the wonderful window into
the universal, inclusive, grace-
filled Spirit of peace and love.
Actually, I think my hornless
father would have liked that.
Probably my long-gone wooden-
shoe wearing Dutch mother, too.