AAPI Heritage Month #26

May 26, 2023

Describe your first friend of your race or ethnicity.

Wide-eyed and full to the brim with joy

Small in frame

Heavy in love

Our friendship had two iterations

Meeting in a middle childhood

Trick-or-treats and rollercoasters

Rejoining in a teenage adolescence

Sleepovers and third wheeling dates

Indian Club for solidarity beyond my comfort but for my growth

College visits turned to Facebook pokes turned to algorithmic memories

A glitter invitation to an interracial wedding amidst our rollercoasters

A consideration and inevitable decline

A curiosity and natural silence

Formative and distinct

My heart holds the first friend who opened the door to my identity

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