you did a 180. "everybody sees" you chirped, running up to me (just to demonstrate that you too could wing a penchant for drama). you scooped me up in your arms, and there- in the air- for the first time, you made it real- and you had cast yourself as nothing, and i as everything. then the sobering clock face dead pan before me: i won't be easy. i am not easy. i am stubborn and stiff and have trouble w change, even when i want it. i couldn't stop smiling, couldn't speak, so i just kept nodding my head deeper and deeper into your chest, my legs gripped tight around your waist- so at least you could feel i was listening- and i would continue to listen

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