Something inside of me hardened.
It’s an odd feeling to get when someone is giving you advice.
Yet it happened.
I felt sadness fill my core.
My mouth contorted in an attempt to stop the pending frown.
And something in me became solid and hard as steel.
Usually, I welcome spoonfuls of guidance from those I trust.
But I couldn’t digest this dose.
I tried to swallow each letter.
But I vomited them all up immediately.
And I didn’t understand why.
And it troubled me deeply.
So I went home.
Sat on the steps.
Then it came to me.
Hardened so that the pounding of her words against my heart wasn’t enough to break through.