I am taught by these women
fortunate enough to have had them raise me
whether in my house or oceans away
As I read this book, I was shaken; recognising myself in characters/people I didn’t particularly like and realising things about my own securely held beliefs is not a comfortable feeling (albeit a necessary one). It encouraged me, gently but firmly, to step out outside my worldview to digest what it means to serve your country.
I have been told to be less so many times – be less big, be less loud, be less intimidating, be less of so much. I have been less so many times.
The queer girl’s reality is all expectation and inevitable let-down. Like a bad rollercoaster. Or someone telling you something is “super spicy” and it isn’t.