It's my name. I want it to look just so. I want it to look like me. My name is the first word most people know about me. It’s one of the pictures that they’ll keep in their head when I’m not there. When they think of me, it's one of the pictures they'll see.
They say if I change my name it doesn't mean a thing, but we know that it means a whole lot. It means more than if I change how I look, what I wear, or what I do.
My name is the first word my parents called me. It’s the first I learned to say. It’s the word on every page about me, on every page that I write. And when I feel unjustly treated, I hear myself say, “He didn’t even know my name, not really.”
Names are the most important words that we know.
Today I learned to write my name again.
It humbled and exhilarated me with the sheer potential of growth.
−me strauss Letting me be