“You know you have crow’s feet now?”
“No, those are just smiling lines.”
“You never used to have them!”
“I never used to smile as much.”
The wrinkles on the left corner of my eye are from Vietnam.
From Ha and the kindness of her family,
the class that I taught each day,
the nights out on the town,
the traveling adventures.
The wrinkles on the right corner of my eye are from my travels.
From swinging in the trees,
swimming with the fishes,
kayaking along the coast,
the people I have met along the way.
The wrinkles deep within my forehead are from China.
From the bicycle rides in Shanghai,
the hikes in Hong Kong
the fun I have in my classrooms,
the interesting experiences I encounter.
The wrinkles at the tips of my mouth are from Jeezy.
From the incessant jokes,
the kitchen dance parties,
the hugs and smoochies,
the life we have created together.