She’ll be a fierce woman, that one. It’ll take a hell of a man to love her right. Be like living with a thunderstorm. Same as her mother. A fierce woman. Force of nature. The kind of woman you just hand on for the ride. The most exciting and the most heartbreaking woman you could ever meet. They don’t know their own minds most of the time, but their hearts are so damn big it hurts em inside.

Heroes!” Euryale said with disgust. “They always bring that up, just like our mother! ‘why can’t you turn people to stone? your sister can turn people to stone.’ Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you, boy! That was Medusa’s curse alone. she was the most hideous one in the family. She got all the luck!” Stheno looked hurt. “Mother said I was the most hideous.

For every mother who ever cursed God for her child dead in the road, for every father who ever cursed the man who sent him away from the factory with no job, for every child who was ever born to pain and asked why, this is the answer. Our lives are like these things I build. Sometimes they fall down for a reason, sometimes they fall down for no reason

We had a strict routine that nothing could change: we’d get up at six, and it would be my job or Meinhard’s to get milk from the farm door. When w were a little older and starting to play sports, exercises were added to the chores, and we had to earn our breakfast by doing sit-ups. In the afternoon, we’d finish our homework and chores, and my father would make us practice soccer no matter how bad the weather was.

In fact, growing up, I thought there were two types of families:
1) Those who need a dictionary to get through dinner.
2) Those who don’t.
We were no. 1. Most every night, we’d end up consulting the dictionary, which we kept on a shelf just six steps from the table. “If you have a question,” my folks would say, “then find the answer.

The circumstances surrounding your birth is not as important as the opportunity to live life.

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