"holding out holding on
on the phone to my friend one night i asked, what if i made him up? what if he doesn’t exist?
months later my mother sees me sitting quietly on the stairs of our home and says ‘macaanto, if you exist, then he exists.’
I visit my father and we drink tea in his small apartment. when i’m about to leave he tells me you are smart and some men will be scared of that, but you are progressive so love the progressive ones.”

- Warsan Shire