Marya and Myrna_Photo by Alfredo Romo_crop

Featured image: The photo described in the essay. The author and her friend Myrna, both visible from hips upward, embrace each other in a park (Davis Square Park) in August 2019. Marya is smiling and her eyes are closed; Myrna’s face is not visible. It is nighttime but the foreground is bright. In the background are a playground, a walkway, trees, and what appears to be a paleta cart (William Estrada’s Mobile Street Art Cart). Photo by Alfredo Romo; cropped version of original used with permission.