Dear Messy New Words,

Sure, you’re not pretty yet, but you’ll get there.

Never mind what those polished old words say–you’ll be able to stand beside them without shame by the time we’re done here, I promise.

So stop apologizing. You have nothing to be embarrassed of. Nothing.




Dear Polished Old Words,

Don’t think I can’t hear you whispering among yourselves.

And don’t look so smug. You were once messy, too.

Not so long ago, in fact,


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