I agree, dad. i was just explaining to the woman why we don’t look anything alike and why you would have been younger than me when i was born. it doesn’t mean i don’t love you ‘cause you know i do. make one snotty comment in anger when you’re twelve years old going through puberty and getting grounded, and you pay for it for the rest of your life. parents ain’t got no sense of humor. (omari)
I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love, because that liberates. 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.'
His gold eyes grew very soft. you said you loved me. you knew that already, i reminded him, ducking my head. it was nice to hear, just the same. i hid my face against his shoulder. i love you, i whispered. you are my life now, he answered simply. there was nothing more to say for the moment. he rocked us back and forth as the room grew lighter.
Love yourself. Just love yourself. In fact, the love of the self cures every kind of problem you have with yourself. For instance, if someone calls you nappy-headed, it rolls right off your body, if you love nappy hair. Or if someone calls you buck-toothed or too black, that won't be a problem if you love being buck-toothed or black. If you love it, then so what. The development of self-love cures many of the ills that people suffer from.
I love you," i say. i said that once, before i went to erudite headquarters, but he was asleep then. i don't know why i didn't say it when he could hear it. maybe i was afraid to trust him with something so personal as my devotion. or afraid that i did not know what it was to love someone. but now i think the scary thing was not saying it before it was too late. not saying it before it was almost too late for me.