Everything Takes Time

 Sonny's Blues

“Doesn’t all this take a lot of time?  Can you make a living at it?”

He turned back to me and half leaned, half sat, on the kitchen table.  “Everything takes time,” he said, “and–well, yes, sure.  I can make a living at it.  But what I don’t seem to be able to make you understand is that it’s the only thing I want to do.”

“Well Sonny, ” I said, gently, “you know people can’t always do exactly what they want to do–”

“No, I don’t know that,” said Sonny, surprising me.  “I think people ought to do what they want to do, what else are they alive for?”

“You getting to be a big boy,” I said desperately, “it’s time you started thinking about your future.”

“I’m thinking about my future,” said Sonny, grimly.  “I think about it all the time.”

from James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”