I’m going to venture to say that although people grow-up, they don’t mature. Somethings just remain inherent. Like that sense of competitiveness that happens between any two males.
A few months ago, we got a new co-worker. Many people were fascinated by this new guy because he is just genuinely a nice person. And he always had advice for everyone, about anything. He is meticulous with his work and generally gets it all done.
One of the other male co-workers has loudly stated his disdain for the newbie. He states that newbie is too slow!! Newbie is slower because he is more meticulous. He looks over his work rather than just sending it in. He calls newbie by the nickname Gomer, because newbie is a country boy (but more like the boy next door, simple and naive).
But the other day I was mortified at Mr. Jealousy’s fang show. Newbie has been flirting with someone at work. Mr. Jealousy pulled her aside and started saying pretty mean things about Newbie, little things like “he’s a redneck that thinks mudding is a sporting event”. He told her things like “he tells people he wants in your pants”. And just other things that ended up with the girl saying “Newbie is creeping me out”.
I can’t believe some of the things that boys will do to make one another stumble.