Last night at a Labor Day picnic, I was chatting with a friend of a friend. Someone I’ve met a few times but don’t really know.
My teenage son, almost as tall as I am, appeared at my shoulder, clearing his throat and politely interrupting our conversation.
“Mom, I am now an official member of the Illuminati.” Very serious.
“Really?” I flash a smile at the friend of a friend.
“I signed up on their website.”
“They have a website?”
Seems strange, because the Illuminati was a secret society formed in Bavaria in the 1700s. Often compared to the Freemasons, they appear in fiction as an underground, powerful, almost magical group pulling strings at the highest levels of world government and religion. They have been blamed for many of history’s conspiracies, wars, and other cataclysmic events.
A Youtuber recently re-introduced the Illuminati into pop culture with a hilarious video, thus bringing us to this awkward party moment.
“Now, if they ever need me, they can contact me.” He leaned in, “And I’m on it.”
With a quick nod, he left me standing with the friend of a friend. “More wine?”