This Is Us

Remember This

‘If you must scream, scream beautifully’

Closeup of a hand using a lit match to light another match.
Photo: Marcos André via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

1.

When you were 15, your father tore your baby pictures like old receipts. The ones in frames he set beside the dumpster. He put on his favorite record, made your brother a tuna sandwich. Whistled.

Ten years later, a man called you a canary in a cage.