The Halfway House - 2023

I thought of some excuses I could say if I get strangled by the shirtless dad from the halfway house by my garage.

“I’m just a kid”

That brought my attention to my nails which I now realise are treated with gel and acrylics every month in ____  ________.
They individually have started to have much particular standards than when I would glance at them 2 years ago (I liked them gross)
Unknowingly like a parent with pubertal kids
I forget that things do get a brain for themselves by the day.
My fear it seems of ageing happens to not lie in wrinkles but
The inability to make the excuse that, physically,
I can no longer dumb myself down to others as a kid.