When you really want to say no, say no. You can’t do everything – or at least not well.
Occasionally Rebecca wished her son would not be so very kind to her, as though she was the losing pitcher on a Little League team.
Here is what I know about dressing like your teenage daughter: She will always look better than you
even the outright deletions that Ayn Rand’s editor should have taken care of).
Count your blessings, my father always said. It shames you, to count yours by the hardships of other people.
Maybe everyone stays the same inside, even when their life looks nothing like what they once had, or even imagined.
She had gone to a dinner party in her honor the night before the opening, and everyone had asked, with precisely the same intonation, as though it was a piece of urban Gregorian chant, “Where have you been?
To take what there is, and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived-to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that-this doubtless is the right way to live. -HENRY JAMES
Sunny likes me, Mama,
The rebels are firing all around us, yet for a moment it’s so quiet you can hear your own breathing.” Not a person but me in the world could deconstruct that sentence. If Meghan could hear her own breathing, it meant she was breathing fast. And since Meghan had a resting heart rate somewhere between coma and sleep because of all that swimming, if she was breathing fast, it meant she was afraid, which meant there was truly something to fear.