i should probably write you a serious letter. i should write about our complicated relationship. i should write about how you are my home, but also a site of pain for me and many who look like me. i should write about politics and scary chants retweeted and shared across the internet. i should write about your beauty and your difference. i should write about how you avoid your history. i should write about how you are great and not-great and young and old and still have a lot to learn. i should write about a lot of things when it comes to you.
but honestly, i kinda just want to write: thank you for beyoncé.
and thank you for prince.
and thank you for nina simone.
and thank you for new york city.
and thank you for the places that really do feel like melting pots and the places where people can come together and love each other despite all the obstacles you may throw at them.
and thank you for apple pies. even though the saying "it is as american as apple pie" is misleading because apple pies were around before, let's just celebrate apple pies because they are amazing and i thank you for your love of apple pie, usa.
let's leave it at that.