The irony was not lost on me that we were halfway up a hill when we began fighting. Or when we finished the fight.
It’s the first real time I ever thought– We aren’t going to make it. We really aren’t.
But then, it started a few nights ago.
It started when we listened to that story about the different sort of people, all born with two heads and four legs and four arms. Until Zeus ripped them apart for his usual jealousy.
There were Children of the Moon: half man, half woman. (I smiled at you at this part, but it was dark and you didn’t see).
Children of the Sun, born both halves as male.
And Children of the Earth, both halves female.
And after the split, these children spent endless time searching for their beloved other half. (Here, I smiled at you again, but you still couldn’t see). But this story went on to include the Children of the Dirt– those who never had any other half and never would. (Here, I was grateful to be of the Moon with you, until) You said:
“Maybe we are all just Children of the Dirt.”
You went on to explain how maybe we choose to be Children of anything else, choose to be with anyone else.
Had this been the first we heard it, I may have agreed. But it was years ago, before we even believed we were in love, and I stood at my stove with the phone pressed to my ear to tell you this amazing theory– was it Plato?– of the two halves searching.
(And it seemed so obvious then– we agreed) We must be each other’s other half.
Or maybe you were right this time around.
Maybe love has no mystery at all.
Maybe it has no other half.
Maybe we lose nothing by believing in the Dirt.
Because, in the end, did I not choose to keep walking up the hill to meet you? And by the end of our hike, did we not both kick the moon dust from our shoes and be left smelling only of dirt?