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A Boy I Once Knew by Elizabeth Stone
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Mar 15, 2008

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bookshelves: teaching, 2008, memoirs
Read in March, 2008

the story of a boy who had a teacher, and how they reconnected after 25 years. he ran away to san francisco, she married and grew up, and upon his death, he gave her the diaries of his past ten years, in order to try and make a book of it, some sense of it.

it made me wonder what i plan to do with all the journals i write and keep, and who will eventually find them.

it's a beautiful meditation on mortality, and the people we become, and the people we are. there's excellent discussion on who we are to different people, how we are remembered, how we become human, how the gaps are filled.

and yet i wanted more - i wanted more of vincent, more of the boy she once taught, more of the reason he sent them to her and how the consumed her.
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