“At the time, age eighteen, having been brought up in a hair-trigger society where the ground rules were – if no physically violent touch was being laid upon you, and no outright verbal insults were being levelled at you, and no taunting looks in the vicinity either, then nothing was happening, so how could you be under attack from something that wasn’t there? At eighteen I had no proper understanding of the ways that constituted encroachment.”
"A cow looks out to sea, dreaming of a life that involves grass."
“Guess that's where the tears came from, knowing that there's so much in this great big world that you don't have a single ounce of control over."
“But if you want to win, you're going to have to fight.”
"Yes, she'd been their English teacher and yearbook advisor, but that didn't explain her excessive collecting of signatures and tributes next to every senior's photo..."
"But people do pay other people to act like part of the family. That doesn't mean it's not a transaction.”
“You will think me cruel, very selfish, but love is always selfish; the more ardent the more selfish."
“You learn nothing very profound about yourself simply by being bullied; but by bullying someone else you learn something you can never forget.”
"Normal doesn't feel so normal to me," I tell him. "It's normal to feel that way," he replies."
A story about falling in love at the end of your life.