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  • So I tend to think of life in terns of movie clips, or tweetable moments
  • Somehow I've convinced myself they last longer that way
  • I was proved wrong when wife called my phone as fmy black wife,
  • I thought it was funny, we giggled, now single men take notes
  • Now I'm no expert, but I don't think she was kidding,
  • She talked about some other stuff which I really don't remember,
  • I was too busy in my head composing a
  • tweet where I would quote her with some sort of cleaver hastag
  • About marriage and about how much I love her
  • To be paying attention to her at that moment,
  • I think what snapped me back was the silence which
  • Indicated I was supposed to have some sort of response to whatever she was talking about
  • I told my father that story in hopes to get a little sympathy
  • My father, Civil rights and Vietnam war vet,
  • Hopelessly charming
  • On his fourth marriage, Father
  • Rather than the customary nod that men give each other when they understand, he
  • Proceeded to tell me why He failed as my mothers husband
  • He said it was the same reason half of his platoon died in Vietnam,
  • And the same reason you are deathly afraid of your daughter becoming a teenager
  • Son, you can't hear past the explosions, either the ones that already happened or the ones
  • you anticipate
  • See the former, paralyzes,
  • Living life in the rear view mirror driving full speed across traffic into the center divider
  • So shell shocked you too stupid to duck when bullets are flying
  • Or the latter
  • Your life a game of capture the flag
  • So focused on the finish line, you stepped right on a land mine
  • You so ready to attack the day,
  • Frustrated because you cant find your keys
  • Focused on the meetings you're finna miss
  • And the traffic you finna sit in to realize the you been holding your keys the whole time
  • Slow down
  • You have been hypnotized by the possibility
  • Son, I couldn't hear past the bombs,
  • The first one didn't kill me and the second one ain't even happened
  • Yet it ended our family
  • He told me a love story,
  • Of a woman born before him
  • He said I new her before and at the moment of conception,
  • Their was an eternal connection,
  • and although I didn't know it then Id fight for her affection
  • It's this war we been waging since day one of creation
  • And only when you lose her do you learn to appreciate her, like even
  • when Im with her, Im itching to get rid of her
  • And she only gives you one shot, blow it and she's gone
  • And I took advantage of her
  • Thats why Im telling you this,
  • Son, you can't rusher or slow her down, you better keep here on her side
  • She will slip through your fingers,
  • Like sand her name is Time
  • And she told me a secret
  • She said multitasking is a myth you aint doin'anything good just everything awful
  • And she begged me to stop stretching her thin and stuffing her full, and stop being so concerned
  • with the old her and future her, but love her now
  • Her presence is Gods present, and you should be that, present
  • So I guess you could say
  • Well I guess I could say I've been through a divorce now
  • Me and my phone are no longer married
  • I think I'm ready to be here now

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