“Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold - that’s ego. Love liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says ‘I love you. I love you if you’re in China, I love you if you’re across town. I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I’d like to have your arms around me. I’d like to hear your voice in my ear. But that’s not possible now, so I love you. Go.’” To my mother, to my friend, thank you for liberating me with your love, for being the one who opens the door for me when I don’t know I am caged, and knows I can soar when I forget I have wings. I love you. Happy Mother’s Day.