100 Words on Love: The Power of Invisible Molecules

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100 Words on Love, by Matthew Salesses

 

I taught the boy that to launch a kite, you let the wind do the work. I told him the air had a weight of its own. But when he took the string, he dragged the kite behind him like a fish he could force to swim the sky. Far away, it was easy to imagine him as someone else’s kid. Whose failures did not reflect mine. I told myself to wait. At least long enough for him to circle back, until I could make him see how the kite becomes its own animal, if given the chance; long enough for the differences between us to become clear to us both.

 

 

Excerpted from Matthew Salesses’ book, I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying

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About Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses contributed to the very first day of The Good Men Project. He writes the "Love, Recorded" column about his wife, baby, and cats. He has written for The New York Times, NPR, the Center for Asian American Media, Salon, The Rumpus, and others. He is the author, most recently, of Different Racisms: On Stereotypes, the Individual, and Asian American masculinity. See more at his eponymous website. Contact him via email or @salesses.

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