**This is for the Amazeballs Dude who will sweep me off my feet, or knees, once I get to meet him. You just pray that it won't be anytime soon, baby. You will be living on a soft diet until we're too old to dog style. And you can count on that, for sure. Meanwhile, I elected to post this now since I needed a break from nearly a month of writing all that death.
I love the gentle warmth of the sun as it shines on my body in a tender morning embrace. I love the soft descent of raindrops on my skin in a welcome act of cleansing. I love the smile on my mother's eyes as she watches over me with unconditional approval. I love the reassuring presence of my brothers and sisters. I love the laughter of my closest friends as it registers the purest of loyalties. I love the scent of the bound pages of a book as they trickle on my nose. I love hearing my nephew's voice on the phone.
I love puffing on my first cigarette in the morning as much as the last for the night. I love Janis Joplin's vocal register because there is nothing like it in another human being. I love getting punctured by a tattoo needle at the rate of 1,200 stabs a minute or 20 stabs a second. I love how Darryl shot a rocket launcher to this group of six biker assholes in this episode of the Walking Dead. Where the fuck did that come from? I love that I'm 35 now because I don't overthink as much as I did in my twenties. I love waking up after seven hours of uninterrupted sleep.
I love casting a Hypnotic Specter and a Hymn to Tourach on the first turn of a Magic the Gathering duel. And I love the look of surrender on my opponent's face since he's playing green with a handful of Giant Growths and Llanowar Elves. I love commuting on a holiday because I have C5 all to myself along with this cab driver who won't charge me extra because he's just as grateful as I am. I love the twenty to thirty people who smile at me with teeth and sincerity because they give the finger, figuratively, to the two or three people who hate me in secret. I love going home to a finished download that's six to eight gigs huge.
I do not know why I love you. And I don't know when I'll meet you. But I have decided to love you, and I will love you as much as all these combined.