1. When I was so deep in my awkward phase that this hairstyle was a victory and all I wanted was for my dad to take a photo and document my scowling happiness.
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  2. When I felt like I was taking up lots space on earth but now I see there were some visible bones underneath my skin and I know there's no such thing as too much space.
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  3. When all I wanted was to have my hair braided in a crown like my sister's but that would have involved raising my hand, clearing my throat, and telling everyone to please stop cutting my hair.
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  4. When I pioneered the romper and never received credit.
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  5. Everything about this.
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  6. And this:
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  7. And then this: that somehow these two beautiful humans emerged from all that ⬆️
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  8. And just to bring it all together here is my dad dressed as a book, walking in a parade to promote public libraries.
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