I am not a placeholder.
I am not a placeholder until you find a better date. A prettier girl. A smarter girl. A girl with a better body or what you think is a better body.
I am not a placeholder until you find better plans. A party. A friend you like better. A date with a guy who is looking for a better date.
I am not a placeholder for the other friend. A friend who always agrees with you. A friend who pays for dinner. A friend who always shares the perks of her job with you.
I am not a placeholder for your other daughter. A daughter who did everything in the right order. A daughter who rarely disappoints. A daughter who is good.
I am not a placeholder for the future doer of my job. A worker who is a morning person. A worker who stays inside the box. A worker who will stay for thirty years.
I am not a placeholder for anything that is not me. I am not a placeholder for anyone who is not me. I am not a placeholder.
I am the date. I am your plans for tonight. I am the friend and the daughter and the employee.
I am not. A placeholder.