me, 12 years old
To the little girl who was disinvited to birthday parties because she is Black. To the little girl who was called a racial slur. To the little girl who is struggling with identity in an environment that doesn't reflect you..I see you. I am holding you. I love you. You are worthy of protection, love, and glory. Inside of you is courage and a minsitry of redemption.
You are struggling with eczema, hair breakage, and weight gain. Your freedom and healing will be discovered in your self expression: journaling, ballet, and fashion. Six months after this photo, you will be spiritually reborn.
You don't even know it, but you will become my personal style icon. This stripped outfit will be replicated at least 6 times in my adult life.
I love you. You are worthy. You are whole.
Self expression. Past and Present.