Today I Ate Breakfast

TW/CW: flashback of verbal and emotional abuse regarding food issues

Today I ate breakfast.

I don’t know how to do this.

It’s been too long.

I don’t want to eat in the morning.

I hear your voice.

“Chubs.”

Followed by laughter.

No one ever stands up to you.

They let you hurt me.

Sometimes they laugh too.

I’m supposed to pretend I like what you said.

That is The Rule.

My cheeks still go numb.

My mind freezes.

I go do something else.

So today I ate breakfast.

It was an act of self-care

And I suppose an act of rebellion

Against your voice

Still echoing in my mind.

[Image: Young girl eating a slice of watermelon on a sunny day]