My birth certificate says
I was born at Fort Campbell, Ky
February 24, 1964
Mother: Beverly Ann Beck
Father: Charles Elwin Witherspoon
But part of this is not true.
Charles Elwin Witherspoon had never been to Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
I have. That is part of my history.
The other party of my history had been erased.
As though it doesn’t matter.
As though it’s okay to make up someone’s history.
It’s my word against the piece of paper. When I am gone, the piece of paper will remain.
And it’s a lie.