— J.K. Rowling on parents that forbid their children from reading Harry Potter (or any fantasy novel that they vaguely disagree with)
I want to fall in love in a convenience store
because then I’ll know;
Under fluorescent lighting the circles around my eyes
larger than Saturn’s rings
and neither can the smudges of
the contours of my features -
my too-large nose, my tiny ears;
I’ll know I can be loved in all the
I’ll know I’m not crazy for driving around
when the roads are quiet
and for some reason I just really need
that microsecond of warmth from the cashier’s fingers
as I clumsily hand over my change.
I’ll know I’m not the only one who needs ice cream
in the early hours of the morning,
who’s been wearing the same clothes for three days,
who’s searching for eye contact in the strangest of places.
I’ll know I’m not the only one who’s lonely."
"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”"
— Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978 Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
Never forget: Roe v. Wade wasn’t the beginning of abortion in America. It was the beginning of the end of illegal abortions. If you haven’t read this piece before, I highly recommend it.