These are the things we are trained against:guessing aloud the age of any made-up woman; asking how many place-holding zeroes a man needs to number his wealth; the inquiry upon noticing the baby's crooked nose, "who's the daddy?"; throwing out the first pitch from the stands; answering truthfully the question, "who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?"; raising a hand in church to ask the priest anything, especially if the anything touches on politics, sex, religion, or God; witholding your vote as a vote against scoundrels, liars, thieves, or murderers; Loving your enemy, kissing him, embracing the possibility of violence against the muchness of your silos.

These things we are trained against, but none quite so much as this: Saying, repeating, believing three small words.

I am enough.


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