i. i found a little pull in the threads of my favorite sweater the day my father told me my mother was (is) clinically depressed.
ii. the first time i saw a tear in my favorite sweater was in fifth grade and i learned that the price to be perfect was cheating on a spelling test and a finger down the throat
iii. i started realizing that other people’s sweaters had tears and pulls when i was walking to the park and saw the teenage girl who had carved ribbons and ladders up her forearms.
iv. my sweater didn’t show it’s wear until i provoked my father and his response was mirrored to that of his alcoholic, abusive father. (in turn i smashed every cup in the cupboard).
v. my shoulders began to curl inward due to the weight of that sweater. and i explained to my therapist that the meds weren’t working and that i was tired but i could only sleep after drawing an equal amount of lines on each hip.
vi. the scraps of ***** yarn, hardly keeps me warm anymore.
vii. for the longest time i worried i was the only one who wore a filthy sweater until i had a best friend who lifted up her sleeve to show me her identical wrist
viii. i don’t like to wear my sweater anymore but like most old belongings i don’t have the heart to throw it away.