When you were 6 months a citizen of the world
I said hello to you
And you cried.
It was not a happy beginning;
You were a fast learner
And before I could call for reinforcements
You presented me with my first 100 challenges:
We were partners in crime
in midnight snacks
in an utter hatred of orthodontistry and all it stood for
We grew together
You in the sun and I in the darkness
I was there for all the best days, the day I got to see bright flashes of the world between laughing lips
And all the worst days.
The mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream-in-the-passenger’s-seat days.
I was there the first time you wore lipstick
And the sticky afternoon you found out why they’re called “jawbreakers”
And I am here now
One in thirty-two-and-a-filling
To remind you