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""Then she started braiding. My eyes watered as she wove the hair together, which means she was doing a good job. Whenever she was doing it tight and right, it hurt enough to make me want to cry. Not that I ever did" (Reynolds 103)."
When I Was the Greatest - Jason Reynolds, Michael Frost

This quote is important because it shows an example of how even though he was only in front of his sister, he was taught to show little emotion, to stay strong, and to never cry. This also tells a lot about him as a character and how he was raised. The people in his neighborhood may have been through a lot but they would never show this, they would put on a sort of mask and cover up their emotions from the world.