‘While my grandmother threw away pictures to hide or forget the past, my foster mother documented my childhood.’
Nicole Johnson is a freelance writer whose work has been featured on The Washington Post, SELF, Redbook, Parents, Ms., Scary Mommy, Your Teen For Pare... nts, Yahoo, MSN and Curbed. She is the creator of the page Suburban Sh*t Show, a place where she discusses the real and raw truths of motherhood, midlife, childhood dysfunction and marriage. Nicole is also a fiction writer and mother of four.
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