Reading Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist,” I respect and resonate with this line from the acknowledgements:
I’m hoping my parents don’t read this book, but they are beloved and have made all things possible.
Each of my “adult” books include a similar thank you:
First and foremost, to my parents—anything decent is because of them, anything else is simply not their fault.
They did what they could.
We do what we will.
But we are always children.
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