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392 pages, Hardcover
First published May 7, 2019
Here’s the thing: these teachers forget that I have to make hard decisions every day.
Sometimes, focusing on what you can control is the only way to lessen the pang in your chest when you think about the things you can't.
Maybe it’s more than just a tale of two cities; it’s a tale of two neighborhoods. On the one hand, people are scared to come over here because they say this part of town is dangerous, “undeveloped”, and a part of me thinks, good, keep out, then. But everyone knows that the good things like farmers’ markets, and updated grocery stores, and consistent trash pickup only happen when outsiders move in.
Every day it seems ‘Buela is stepping back, not just giving me full rein in Babygirl’s life, but also in my own. And I know I should love the freedom, but I don’t think I’m ready for all the safety nets to be cut loose. Doesn’t she know I still need her? That I still wish someone would look at the pieces of my life and tell me how to make sure they all fit back together?
“And so at the age of four, I learned someone could cry from a happy memory.”
“The whole of me is whole.”
The world is a turntable that never stops spinning; as humans we merely choose the tracks we want to sit out and the ones that inspire us to dance.