“You don't know how to talk to people you don't like. Don't love, really. You can't live in the world with such strong likes and dislikes.”
“He was rather like a Christmas tree whose lights, wired in series, must all go out if even one bulb is defective.”
“...things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.”
“If you grew up in a house where you weren't loved, you didn't know there was an alternative. If you grew up with emotionally stunted parents, who were unhappy in their marriage and prone to visit that unhappiness on their children, you didn't know they were doing this. It was just your life. If you had an accident, at the age of four, when you were supposed to be a big boy, and were later served a plate of feces at the dinner table - if you were told to eat it because you liked it, didn't you, you must like it or you wouldn't have so many accidents - you didn't know that this wasn't happening in the other houses in your neighborhood. If your father left your family, and disappeared, never to return, and your mother seemed to resent you, as you grew older, for being the same sex as your father, you had no one to turn to. In all these cases, the damage was done before you knew you were damaged. The worst part was that, as the years passed, these memories became, in the way you kept them in a secret box in your head, taking them out every so often to turn them over and over, something like dear possessions. They were the key to your unhappiness. The were the evidence that life wasn't fair. If you weren't a lucky child, you didn't know you weren't lucky until you got older. And then it was all you ever thought about.”
2019 Reading ChallengeBri (readingknitter.com) read 34 books of her goal of 26!
2018 Reading ChallengeBri (readingknitter.com) read 53 books of her goal of 40!
2017 Reading ChallengeBri (readingknitter.com) read 51 books of her goal of 20!
2016 Reading ChallengeBri (readingknitter.com) read 32 books of her goal of 26!
2015 Reading ChallengeBri (readingknitter.com) read 52 books of her goal of 52!
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