Patricia (after Dorianne Laux and Tim Tomlinson)

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When I was five years old and

studying kindergarten,

I did not approach a girl the way the popular boys

did, like waving around toys and giving

sandwiches, and playing with them during


I did not talk with anecdotes or boasted about

my parents or my talents or what trivia

I know.

I did not comb my hair or dress fancily to

gain attention and be called "handsome".

I just approached a girl I liked, and with

a smack on her cheeks, said "I love you."

Because that's how I thought love should


Boy, was I wrong.

A Space Manila

12/17/2016, 1054H

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