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Nov. 29th, 2016

In 1987, the year before I was born, Freire said, “Language gives you a glimpse of how people survive,” (p. 137). It’s a cliché, perhaps, but who writes the history books? Whose exploits are recorded, remembered? When looking into the past, who is the default and who, it seems, never lived or did anything of worth at all? If there is no record of your existence, did you? I used to write frantically, skipping words in their entirety, messy and confusing, my opinions and my beliefs, my hopes and my fears, and I imagined that someone, somehow, someday, would find it and read it and know I had existed, that frightened and angst-filled 13-year-old. I wrote and so I would be remembered. I write. I have written and I will write. I will still be writing tomorrow and next week and decades from now. I’ll look back at that diary I kept in middle-school and I’ll remember the girl I was, the girl who couldn’t begin to fathom the woman she’d grow up to be.


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Nov. 29th, 2016 07:17 pm (UTC)
I write
because its the only thing I can leave behind. I decided when I was eleven there was no way I ever wanted kids, but I know what its like to find a book that is like finding a friend--one that makes the mundane world a bit more bearable. So I am working on writing something like that-- a book that when you see it years later at a library sale, or on a shelf, you smile and snatch it and say; "I remember you!"
Nov. 30th, 2016 05:19 am (UTC)
Re: I write

I love that feeling!
Nov. 30th, 2016 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: I write
Yeah, I started an Old Friends Shelf and am actively trying to recover some old favorites because every time I pick one up it makes me smile. Cheap and effective remedy for a depressing day.
Nov. 30th, 2016 07:14 am (UTC)
This is a great entry, and it resonates pretty strongly with me. Writing has always helped me to feel more real.
Dec. 4th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)

Thank you!
Nov. 30th, 2016 02:55 pm (UTC)
We've been talking a lot in Prof. Okorafor's classes about our responsibility an what we can do as writers and artists now.
Dec. 4th, 2016 06:07 pm (UTC)

I've seen some stuff like that on tumblr.
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