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This Week: Story
and this is what i say to him
when i am tired,
or just in need of some kind of comfort
that only he knows how to give –
tell me a story about when we first met.
sometimes he laughs.
sometimes he rolls his eyes.
sometimes he says – no, but you know all the stories.
and my grown up self falls away and
i have to tease and say,
and then he’ll start in that voice
that could record movie trailers
or make commercials –
the kind that would sell snow in antarctica
or rice in china
or whatever kind of odd analogy they used to come up with –
that kind of voice.
he’ll talk about standing on the second floor looking down on me while i was typing
about seeing me in the lunch room
same thing all the time – chicken, rice, and peas
(heaven help us, we still eat the same thing now)
seeing the books I was reading and thinking
yeah, I read those too
bet I’d like her.
he’ll talk about first dates in the park
walking in shoulder-high dahlias
egg salad done just right;
he runs his hands over my hair and remembers
a little bit later
when things got scary and complicated –
a treacherous drive in the midst of
when i was blue
and not breathing.
feeling terrified and helpless
trying to figure out what came next
as they descended on me with
tubes, needles, tape –
results that change a life.
but he remembers that i got to keep life
so we have a life
and he calls it a miracle
every day since then.
i don’t know if every day has felt like a miracle
except when he reminds me
in the retelling.
and there are others.
and it is our history.
it is our story.
and now she likes to hear them too,
this little bit of hyphenated us.
she likes the stories too –
the ones that include her –
tell me a story about
when you first met me.
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