(CW// Ableist Language)
(This was a speech I gave in a public writing class years ago. We had to do a special occasion speech and I chose a tribute. I would never write this like this now, but I won’t be editing it at this time at least.)
Almost everyone has had their heart broken by a former lover in the past. If you’ve never had yours broken, consider yourself lucky, and I hope you never will. For those of us that have, I speak today. I speak these words to you, the Exes, so you can know how we, the heartbroken, felt then.
To those of you who have broken our hearts, you should know that a part of you will always be with us, you will always be remembered.
We will always remember the movies you said looked stupid, not the one’s you introduced us to.
We will always remember the music you hated, not the great bands you showed us.
We will always remember the foods you said were disgusting, not the delights you had us eat.
We will always remember the books you complained about, not the treasures you brought to our attention.
We will always remember the places you never liked, not the ones we now go to each day.
We will always remember the ideas you called moronic, not the thoughts we discussed at great lengths.
We will always remember the mean looks you gave us, not the smiles and silly faces you made.
We will always remember when your touch felt distant, not the loving embraces.
We will always remember when you kept things secret, not when you confided in us.
We will always remember the minutes spent fighting, not the hours spent in peace.
We will always remember the hurtful things you said, not the sweet words you said for us.
You will always be remembered, for all the things we loved that you hated, because the things you showed us are forever tainted with the emotions now lost.