(1/5) “It was my first time on a plane. A van met me at the airport and we drove 90 minutes until the paved roads end. Then we turned down a gravel road, onto a working cattle ranch, and that’s where the school was located. It was beautiful..."
4:48 PM · Sep 23, 2021
(2/5) “If I had to guess— she was probably the one who said yes. It’s that way with a lot of foster children. You’re raised by the one person who said ‘yes.’ And my great-grandmother is the one who said ‘yes.’ She smelled like Violets. There’s a chewy candy called Violets..."
(3/5) “I think it might have been a Caribbean family. They had a teenage daughter. She liked to push me. And hit me. I remember her saying: ‘Nobody wants you, and that’s the reason you’re here.’ On the first day I couldn’t stop crying. The foster mother wanted me to stop..."
(4/5) “I spent eighteen months in that home. Then one morning a social worker showed up, put my stuff in a trash bag, and took me to the next place. Before the age of eleven I would live in six different foster homes. They kinda blend together. The sexual abuse only happened..."
(5/5) “I brought an old tennis racket to boarding school. I had never played before, but I decided to make it my thing. I practiced so hard. I didn’t chit chat. And my freshman year I made the team. I’m what they call an aggressive baseliner. You think the ball is going out..."