Getting to Know Me
My kid sister probes me
for information. She needs to
know more about me.
Our upbringing was an odd one.
I’m more of a mother-figure to her
than a big sister; with 19 years
separating us, she “ma’ams” me
rather than “Ooh, girl” or
“Child, pleases” me and it just seems weird.
She urges me to open up, to share,
but I’m not really the type to complain
more than I need to or
give more of me than I should.
I’ve learned who to shed skin
with and who not to and this isn’t
to say that my sister isn’t to
be trusted, no, that’s not it.
I’m just . . . careful now.
I want to vent sometimes to her,
I want her to hear me when I’m
in distress, yet there’s this overwhelming
feeling to protect her too
even if it’s from me.
She assures me she’s old
enough to digest what I
dole out but I’m hesitant.
I’ve lived a far different life
and my demons tend to follow
me along my sacred paths and
my sister is still growing,
still learning. I don’t want her
to know the me that drives
people away. I’m still working
on that me.
I need her around.
I’d hate for her to be one more
person I find myself chasing
after; another heart to grip.
People want you to strip
bare, stand naked before them,
but many of them aren’t ready
for the curves and folds and
two-toned skin. They just want
to see more of you even if
more of you isn’t beautiful.
It’s one more thing they can
hang over your head, dangle like
a dagger, cut you to the quick.
I’m trying. I swear, I am.
I ask her to be patient with me,
to understand — I have a way
and my way is comforting.
I can’t be rushed.
Thank God in heaven.
I am sharing a few photos with you from my trip to Charlotte, NC to spend the night with my best friend. We stayed in mostly, and only ventured out for a short trip to the store and then to a greenhouse/nursery on Sunday morning. We donned our masks and social distanced ourselves from other shoppers and viewers of the beauty before us all. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did taking them.
That is, if she could talk.
Pet owners: I’m pretty sure you have your very own thirty things and we’d probably swap stories and laugh hysterically about the ways of our non-human friends/family. Feel free to share a few in the comments if you want to.
- Human . . . I expect dinner promptly at 5:30 pm, there should be no deviation from this plan.
- That place that you go to every day in the morning and come back much later in the day, what shall I call it?
- While you were gone, I ate the crumbs on the floor you thought you brushed “off” the counter and into the cleaning cloth.
- Remember that one time you asked me if I liked the new grain-free food you bought me?! Do you recall my reaction, how I dove into the bowl as if I’d not eaten before? Well, I faked it.
- There’s this thing that rings loudly while you’re away. How can we make that not happen?
- Every time Nana visits, she sits in my favorite spot on the couch. I don’t like that.
- Why does she have to visit us anyway? Don’t you visit her enough now?
- I think you should warn me about bath-time, preferably a week in advance. I need time to evade this entire process.
- I’m not religious. You know that, right? God or mercy or hallelujah should never be in our discussions. I’m just sayin’.
- What’s this thing about “voting” I keep hearing on the radio? Is this something you’re going to do?
- If you are, will they pay you for it? I need more treats. Prioritize. Monetize this vote thing. Treats are important.
- Okay. You’ve seen Shrek 378 times already. That’s enough.
- The same goes for Finding Nemo.
- Auntie hasn’t been here in a while, neither has Nala. Did I do something? Did YOU do something? It’s always you. Yes, let’s go with that. Did you do something, human?
- You like to tell me not to drool on the couch, but please recognize how that’s not working out for you. Do I tell you not to drool on your pillows?
- Crushed ice is my favorite snack. More crushed ice, please.
- It’s been a while since we’ve had a daddy or another mommy around. What’s the holdup, human?
- I mean, I’m trying to gather all the attention I can. Are you keeping this from happening?
- The Vet . . . That’s one place I’d like not to go to anymore.
- If there’s any way we can make that happen, I’ll be happy about it. Tell them I’m good — we shouldn’t have to pay for pre and post-excellence. Let’s face it, I’m both. Save your money.
- Think of the treats.
- When you say things to me and you think I don’t understand what you’re saying, I’ve news for you, I do. I’m just ignoring you.
- Do we have new neighbors? I hear strange noises while you’re away.
- What’s with the burning of all the candles? And the sage?
- It’s been 5 minutes since you rubbed my belly or scratched behind my ears. Let’s change that.
- I’m not eating my food because I noticed yours smells much better.
- Yes, that’s right . . . Pick up my poop! Good human.
- No, I don’t like this taking pictures of me all the time thing. Stop it.
- When you take my collar off, it’s like you’re removing a piece of me. My identity shifts. How’d you like to have your identity shifted?
- NO, I WILL NOT STOP BARKING AT THE NEIGHBOR’S DOG! I’M PROTECTING US!
Bonus: I really do love you. That, I’m not faking.