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the truth about welfare

The distance between poverty and "self-sufficiency" is a no-man's land. It's two steps forward, three back. And there are more enticing reasons to hang on to the help when you can get it than to kill yourself to stand on your own two feet.

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when it’s time to burn the past

It's good to remember what you were rescued from so that you never return to slavery. It's good to remember who cared for you when you couldn't take care of yourself.

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dear mom who is trying to do everything right

I remember reading the list in the What to Expect Book carefully and following every detail. Like I was making a lemon meringue pie. Or replacing the water pump in a car. I had never washed a newborn before! I needed detailed instructions.

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