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I Kept My Baby

I kept my baby. Even though I was sixteen, even though I didn’t know how I would, I kept my baby. Even when everyone told me “kids shouldn’t...

This Isn’t The Summer For Relaxing

You won’t catch me reading a book by the pool this summer. I won’t be sunbathing on the beach. This isn’t the summer I’ll have an...

“But you’re pretty enough, mama.” Those Words Stopped Everything.

The words that came from the other side of my bedroom door stopped everything. I stopped frantically searching for a bobby pin. I stopped my self-hate monologue. I just stopped.