The mountain

My mother said that out of all five of her children


I was the easiest baby


I think what she meant was that I hardly cried,


Rarely fussed


And was generally asleep


Which I guess was a good thing, for her


As the fourth of five she had a lot to deal with before she could get to me


So I made it easier for her


I kept doing it as I grew up


If one of my siblings dropped their ice cream,


I’d give them mine so they’d stop making a scene


When someone had to sit in a middle seat


You can bet that’s where my car seat would be strapped


In fifth grade, when Clara Gomez stole my cookie from my lunch box


I just shrugged, and ate my carrot sticks


My nickname was “montañita”, little mountain


Because I was never moved, never bothered, always calm


In seventh grade, I broke my leg


But I didn’t tell anyone for three days


I just gritted my teeth and hopped along


Until my father found me crying on the bathroom floor


He took me to the hospital, and bought me a cast we couldn’t afford


And when the kids at school called me a cripple


Well, you can guess what I did


In high school, my little sister Sofia was getting picked on by some boys


I pretended I didn’t see it happen


But that night, I switched out her too-small uniform skirt for mine


She stopped getting teased,


And I wore pants for the rest of the year


When my college Algebra professor lost my test and made me retake it, I just nodded and did it


When I got catcalled walking across campus,


I just looked down at the ground


And you


The first day you came up to me and offered to buy me coffee


I was sure you were making fun of me too


So I stayed quiet


Eventually, you flashed me that blinding smile and told me, “Guess I’ll take that as a yes, then.”


I think I said about three words to you that first day


But I gave you my number


And answered when you called

COMMENT

10

Princess Noor
12 Jun

It means you are best one from your siblings.

Good thing is that you prove it

12

jay Johnson
12 Jun

So nice, hope you still posses this character as you grow up

6

Mukhtiar Ahmed
12 Jun

Haha that's strange

14

fatima malik
12 Jun

The cliche is that life is mountain.

nice write up .

13

Zephyr Onome
12 Jun

Ok this is top notch 

Don’t tell me that’s all..

Please more....

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