Boys will be boys… there’s a time and a place for giving the Y chromosome its due. But CNN has a piece titled “Why He Needs a Room of His Own” featuring these glimpses into American domestic life (emphasis added):
Sal Guarisco, a 51-year-old sales manager from Atlanta, negotiated a mantuary with his wife, Wendy… “It’s a place to decompress so that by the weekend you’re not hiding out,” Sal says…”Sal has a lot he needs to escape from, so it’s good that he has a place to go,” says Wendy…
Jill Scully, 31, of Pescadero, California, doesn’t sneak up on fiancé Nicholas Woodman, 32, in his lair, a barn outfitted with $13,000 of race car simulation equipment.
Nicholas, an amateur club circuit racer and owner of a digital sports camera company, takes the jostling driver’s seat for hours on end — helmet on, lights off, surround sound blaring. Interrupting her fiancé might make him “crash,” so Jill, who helps run Nicholas’ company, waits until the end of the “race” before announcing herself.
“This deal conveniently ensures I have to be a spectator for a good half hour until his race comes to a close and I can interrupt,” she says.
“Hiding out?” “Needs to escape?” Playing video games for “hours on end?” These aren’t “Man Caves,” they’re “Boy Cages” that permanently stunt the growth of these guys and leave them soft and tender. Think “spiritual veal.”
Note to Jill Scully, 31, of Pescadero, California: get out while you still can!
The Lost Man Cave of Jesus
Jesus said, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” The closest thing Jesus had to a “man cave” was Gethsemane, where he retreated to pray for the church before laying his life down for her. Which should remind us…
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. (Eph. 5:25-30)
So if you’re going to have a “Man Cave,” get the Jesus model. It comes standard with a Bible and a place to pray. If you have a problem with the wife and kids interrupting you, get the deluxe edition: it is nicely appointed with a coffee maker and a light so you can use it at oh-dark-thirty while your disciples are sleeping.