A beautiful piece from the heart of a poet.
Read, and remember just how much words can hurt, and how those wounds can last a lifetime.
When you label a child, especially as a parent, you imprison them with the ideas and expectations that come with that label. As in Richard Blanco’s case, it can take years of introspection and the assistance of others to undo what was done from ignorance and fear.
Let’s all try to be extra careful with our words. Hateful words, once spoken, take on a life of their own, and it’s sometimes impossible to take them back. It takes many loving words by those who matter, and deep understanding by the one hurt, to restore a balanced self-image.