There's probably nobody on Earth who'd call me innocent. Stupid, perhaps. Naive, certainly. Honest and trustworthy and caring, I like to think. Hopeful and hopeless and stubborn and blind, probably.
Nope. Not me.
But this wasn't always the case.
I remember when I lost my innocence. Not the exact date and time, but I remember the place and the circumstances.
It was the night that I found out that she was cheating on me. I'd kinda sorta suspected it already, but I hadn't been sure. I was in denial, I suppose, but there was still enough suspicion to lead me to that place at that time on that night.
Shortly before Christmas, in 1986.
That was so long ago. Not just another life ago, but three or fours lives ago. At least.
I don't dwell on this. It's just something I was thinking about tonight. That night, and that girl - they have no impact or bearing on my life these days. Except for how it's a little bit harder to earn my trust, and how it's even harder to get it back once it's gone.
And something would have happened eventually. I would never have held onto my innocence forever. It would have been long gone by now even if that particular night had never happened. Something would have happened to steal my innocence away.
But I can't help but think that it would be nice to have it back. Just for a while. Just for a little while.
To once again look at life through young eyes. To trust. To feel untainted love with a heart that's still pure.