Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Some of my favorite passages from Back Home

“Everybody needs a fort.

You can live without a lot of things in your life, things other people might say you need.  But all you really need is a fort.  It can be small, but it has to be sturdy.  It’s the place you can go when you don’t have anywhere else to go.  A place where there won’t be a lot of questions.  A place where people won’t be looking at you or making judgments or assumptions about you.  A fort is all about protection.” (page 1)

“My mother likes to make speeches.  She’s one of those people who believes she can get out ahead of things –bad things, I mean –by preparing everybody in advance, by speaking slowly and carefully about the sadness or confusion or frustration you’re about to feel.  It’s almost like she’s trying to put a frame around things, to sort of steer the world in the right direction, or at least have a say in how other people feel.  I don’t mind.  I know why she does that.  Adults need to have a lot of control over what happens.” (page 4)

“…the word accident was not the kind of word you could count on.  It wasn’t a word that held its meaning.  It changed.  It shifted.  It could be one thing in relation to one person; it could be something totally different in relation to another person.

Accident was just not a word you could ever trust.” (page 29)