a true & tender thing;

July 28th, 2016 · 1 comment

sitting in a room with a woman i immediately like who is reading from a piece of paper all of the things i have noted that i would “fix” about myself. she says, very softly, “wow, you’re really hard on yourself,” and i look up, surprised. we have been laughing, she is so easy and fun, and now that humid feeling right before you cry, the tender shock of a stranger saying such a true and vulnerable thing about you. the cadence of her voice a kindness.

i have been carrying this with me all day. her voice was so soft. (“wow,” softly, softly. “you’re really hard on yourself.”)

rubbing my thumb into it as a smooth stone. a quiet hum against the skin.

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