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we watched "The Little Mermaid"
(because I'd never seen the end)
I watched you sideways--
I've never met anyone with such straight teeth
and no orthodontist--
and you marveled at the prince's stupidity:
"Why doesn't he just kiss her?
He knows she wants him to."
I shifted closer and agreed:
"Sometimes boys can be pretty dumb."

22 October 2000