1. People ask
    if I think of my life as divided in two, "before" and "after" I got sick.
  2. People ask
    and my answer is usually something along the lines of, "No, well yes, I used to, but not anymore. I don't believe in befores and afters."
  3. And then I explain why not.
  4. But I'm realizing
    that I think about befores and afters a lot.
  5. I do.
    Just not on so grand a scale.
  6. Before we cleared the table
  7. Before we changed the sheets
  8. Before the waffles burned and stuck
  9. After I said the thing.