“ Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone - and finding that that’s ok with them.
“ I want you to know that I don’t care about forever. I want you for as long as I’m meant to have you. I will love you every moment I’m able to because I’ll never pretend I have forever to do so.
“ I said it before (though perhaps with less grace)
and I’ll say it again:
I want to take the messy parts of you in
like small children, like stray dogs.
Kiss them on the mouth, give them a place to stay.
I can’t believe there are bits of you, at your age,
that are still too young to know
that they are worth taking care of.
If you don’t want to look in the mirror, that’s fine.
We will cover every piece of glass in the house.
We will drape sheets across the bathroom walls
and only drink out of coffee mugs;
but I am still going to marvel at the blessing of your face
at my kitchen table.
“ When I look at my life and its secret colours, I feel like bursting into tears.
“ 'if you’re going to stay, stay forever.
if you’re going to leave, do it today.’
“ I need to kiss you so badly. One of those kisses where I’m pressing against you as much as possible and my hands are in your hair and moving down your back, clutching to you in any way I can, kissing you as deeply as possible and thinking you’re mine, mine mine.
“ As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.