“Ang taba mo na…” he said, bringing his arms up to the side to illustrate just how much he thought I had grown.
Right then, I made a decision.
“Masaya ako eh,” I responded with a smile. No sass. No righteous fury. Just some good news to share with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time.
He brought his arms back down, and he smiled back. Sincerely. Like he really was happy for me.