I don’t have a whole lot of excuses for what’s gone wrong with my life, she said. But the ones I do have are really good.
I’ve seen too many movies to believe this would happen to me, he said & she smiled & kissed him lightly & said, It’s good to let reality in now & then, don’t you think?
I don’t wear stuff to impress people, she said. I can’t afford it yet.
That’s not my real reflection, she said. I’ve changed so much since then most people barely recognize me.
There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other’s cooking & say it was good.
The real problem with details is there’s so many of them
One morning she decided to throw away the paper & listen to the real news & by the end of the day, she knew that while people were sometimes confused, the rest of the world was not & she slept that night for the first time since she was a young girl.
I can remember walking down the street, saying my name over & over, until all of a sudden, it didn’t sound like my name anymore. It didn’t even sound like a word at all & then I stopped & the silence rushed in & whispered words that sounded more like my real name & I smiled & thought to myself how surprised my parents would be when they found out what a mistake they had made.
How many people can you love before it’s too much? she said & I said I didn’t think there was any real limit as long as you didn’t care if they loved you back.
Real Hero (masc)
Anyone can slay a dragon, he told me, but try waking up every morning & loving the world all over again. That’s what takes a real hero.
This holds a promise to all the children of the world, which is how you can tell it’s a real dream of America & not one of those dreams of fear & death that glitter so brightly on tv.
Ready to Jump
getting ready to jump as high as she can just because there’s only so long you can sit politely & listen while people talk about any old stuff that comes into their heads
Re-set Button (masculine)
he discovered his re-set button early on & there were not many things that bothered him all the rest of his days just because of that
Just because you look like a rat doesn’t mean you are a rat, she said. Sometimes it means you’re a snake. She had a flair for biology.
My great-grandmother sent us out to pick raspberries in her garden while she watched the first moon walk on TV. You’ll have plenty of time to see things like that, she said, but those raspberries were carried overland by your great-great-grandfather. She was very wise. I see pictures of the moon walk all the time, but all I have left from him is the memory of those sun-warmed raspberries.
doorway that only lets some stuff through but you never know what it’s going to choose, so it’s hard to plan for the future
Raising the Bar
I need to move someplace where Cheez Whiz isn’t a major food group, she said.
this is a window into the stuff that goes on behind what we think about it & even if we were all to disappear tomorrow it would go on without even noticing except to comment now & then that it was quieter today than usual
We had gone far enough together to listen easily in the quiet spaces.
Quiet Pride (son)
There has never been a day when I have not been proud of you, I said to my son, though some days I’m louder about other stuff so it’s easy to miss that.