Hearing the voices of the men and women we as a society have thrown away--their own words, their stories--changes us. As we listen, we unearth a bigger story, one that includes all of us.
You Will Learn to Love Yourself
My younger self sits down.
“Look, our future isn’t bright. I have traveled here to tell you that you have to change for both our sakes. I know you're angry at Dad and our step-mom. I know you don’t care about anything except the neighborhood but I promise one day that will all change.
"You will grow to love yourself. You will learn to forgive others.
I Tucked the Pain Away
I knew something was wrong. I didn’t know what, but I knew it was bad, so I went in. We exchanged hugs and said our hellos and we sat down. I remember saying to them, just tell me straight, what’s wrong. My dad told me thru tears that my mom had overdosed on heroin and died the night before. I just went blank. I went numb. I went back, celled in and tucked the pain away . . .