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Reijer's World: ‘I Want To Be In The Middle’

by Reijer Breed in Columns & Opinions , 28 december 2017

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It was the middle of the night. My father woke me up. “Come...,” he said, and lifted me out of my bed. I was six years old, and he carried me to my parents’ bedroom. I had no idea what was going on. My mother was sitting near the window that was open. She was sitting there with a blanked wrapped around her.

My father and I joined her under the blanket. “Listen...,” my mother said. I woke up slowly and heard singing. There was a group of men and women across the street. It was Christmas. The group was standing there under the streetlight and it was snowing.

We heard them singing “Silent Night, Holy Night.” I also saw that several neighbours had opened their windows as well. It was a wonderful scene. When the choir disappeared, I was allowed to stay in my parent’s bed in between my father and mother.

I had to think of this at the time, years later, I spent a lot of the Christmas period in bed in between Tom and Henk on the Wibautstraat. I met them in a bar. After a few drinks, Henk asked me if I wanted to go home with them. After a long walk through the cold, we arrived at their home. Henk immediately put the gas heater on the highest position. Henk disappeared into the kitchen to get a bottle of wine and some snacks. Tom carefully lit some candles in the Christmas tree and put on a Christmas record. We heard Harry Belafonte’s beautiful voice singing “the twelfth days of Christmas”:

On the twelfth days of Christmas
My true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming
Eleven pipers piping
Ten ladies dancing
Nine lords are leaping
Eight maids are milking
Seven swans are swimming
Six geese are laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

After an hour or so, I followed Tom and Henk to their bedroom where we had wonderful sex. After all three of us had come and had cleaned ourselves, Henk asked me: “Would you like to celebrate New Year’s with us? We’ve also invited some other friends.” I said yes. We were tired and went to sleep. And princely, I was warm in between Tom and Henk.

I arrived early at Tom and Henk’s place on New Year’s Eve. After work, I first bought two bags of “appelflappen” (apple turnovers) and “oliebollen” (doughnut balls), the traditional Dutch New Year’s snacks, at a stall at Rembrandtplein. Slowly, the other guests arrived, and I was having a good time with some guys from Purmerend. As a gift, they brought a funny book of pictures of naughty Santa’s with hot boys on their lap. Around the stroke of midnight, we kissed and wished each other a “Happy New Year.”

We stood in front of the window and looked at the fireworks. Around five o’clock in the morning, their last friends left. Tom, Henk and I emptied our glasses and went to bed. We then all came for the very first time in the new year, and I was in the middle again. “Why don’t we all live together, just the three of us? I can always lie in the middle,” I suggested. We then had a pillow fight. “Of course you want to be in the middle?,” Henk asked. “Of course! You know it,” I said. And again a pillow landed on my head.



In the New Issue of Gay News, 319, March 2018

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