I once bought my little brother

a plastic smile maker-

it’s a thingummyjig that you bite onto

and it pushes up the corners of your mouth.

You’ve got to be pretty rubbish at smiling,

if you need to ask your sister to buy you

a plastic smile maker.

But he met a girl recently.

First girlfriend.

He’s 28.

He’s always hated taking photos

but he takes selfies with her.

And he smiles.

With his whole face.

And I thought,

What a beautiful gift to give a person.

Their first, real smile.

I already love her.



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