I am from “stay in a child’s place” and “who you talkin to”
I am from soul music and soul food
I am from a place where sisters are also mothers
And where sisters don’t speak to each other because of decade old disputes
I am from a place where Santa manages to come every year, despite how difficult it is
I am from a family of perfect with imperfect pasts
A family almost as dysfunctional as the Gallaghers and more emotionally abusive than Joe Jackson
I am from a family that would kill for their relatives because no one hurts us besides us
I am from a family that loves unconditionally, despite appearances
I am from muddied waters of ancestry that make “what are you” a confusing question to answer
I am from a marriage-less union with an age gap spanning two decades
I am from chaos, happiness, arguments, and laughter.
But most importantly, I am from love.