When you embarrass me at the park

Dating someone whose boyfriend died

How you light up the whole room when you smile. How you talk to my face, not my boobs most of the time. Maybe you secretly love it even when he annoys you. He came close to swinging a door in your face the last time he was pissed.

You should feel free to express

He knows how to make me laugh despite myself, and he always knows how to make me feel special. How you always know when something is wrong. The writing you painted on my bed.

How I can trust you with my life. Let your boyfriend know how much you appreciate his support. The cute face you make when you're trying to take off my bra. When you get mayonnaise on your chips.

Abusers know that

You should feel free to express who you really are with your partner. Abusers know that they can control you emotionally because no one wants to admit that someone else has treated them so poorly.