Jamilla D. VanDyke-Bailey
In Treasure Box, Jamilla VanDyke-Bailey reflects on an important conversation that came too late.
As I settle into my pregnancy, I fantasize about the human I’m going to bring into the world. I picture a girl. Beautiful. Black. Freckled like her father. Myopic like me. When she is thirteen we will sit down and have the talk. Not about periods. Or boys. Or girls. Or bodies. Or pets. Or HBCUs. Or sex. But about getting a perm.