Do you remember when I was young?
Because I can’t seem
To fit those pieces together
For where I am now
Do you remember when I had fallen to the pavement?
And scraped my knee at recess
You had whispered kind words to me
And I could stand up again
Do you remember when I had felt the first flutters of love?
But it was for another girl
And I was called a freak
But you gave me the courage
To go up to that girl, and whisper
I love you.
And we are still together
To this day
Do you remember when I had failed my first exam?
I was in high school
And I was in tears
But you told me
Hold your ground.
And I aced all my other exams
From then onwards
Do you remember when my father moved away?
He was home one day
And gone the next
And I thought I was all alone
And no one could hear me
But you enveloped me in kind words
And you said
You are so much stronger than you know.
And I picked myself back up again
Do you remember when you were young?
And you filled me with hope
But my single mother was unemployed
And I found out I couldn’t afford school
And my girlfriend moved away
And my father was still gone
And you said to me
You are worthless.
And I broke down crying
You are pathetic.
And I couldn’t think straight
You deserve nothing.
And it felt so final
You are nothing.
It hurt, you know
To hear these words
From someone who used to hold you together
But I know you are still in there
And I will fight to hear you again.
Because my mother just got a job offer
My father is sending checks again
And I will say to myself
After earning money to go to school
You deserve this.
After celebrating me and my girlfriend’s one year anniversary
You are worth loving.
And after being accepted into the school of my dreams
You are somebody.
Thank you for teaching me
How to self-love again.