I was eating pizza in the camp dining hall the first time Roger told me he loves me. As he was walking past me, he stopped and whispered something in my ear. Seriously- the world went black for just a second and I wasn’t sure he’d really said what I thought. Instead of a sweet “I love you too” I said, “What did you say?” And then he went and sat down at a table behind me where he couldn’t see my face, and wondered for the rest of the meal what I was thinking.
you looked at me
and there was a strange shifting of my tectonic plates
the world around me turned, briefly, to shades of grey
you were gone
and I couldn’t bring myself to look at you
that was the first time you said I love you.
disclaimer: I really don’t know much about tectonic plates, but when I was writing this, that was the analogy that came to mind. So I googled it. And it was a good description of what was happening inside me at the time. So I kept it.