What a miracle,
The barbed wire fences,
Are to be finally taken off
Mottos of life, history of people
Worthy Stories, worthy Men
Women, are to be taken care of
The summer precedes autumn
Autumn precedes winters
Having read Dahl's Matilda at 11 herself and then experiencing multiple cultures; the author goes through one end of the spectrum of not reading to the other end of the spectrum of becoming a bibliophile.
All they could see was the long lay of ocean blue; a spotless, looming sky; the sun, and the gliding form of seabirds: shearwaters and petrels and other gull-type aviators, tiny white citizens of the bleak and luminous desolation. Beautiful, Humbert thought. If it were not for doom, it would be beautiful.
My mother made me take piano lessons from Pastor James’ wife, Belinda, on Sundays. She was nice enough and always smelled of perfume. She’d hug me, give me a sugar cookie, and we’d get to business. I knew very early on in my piano-lesson days that I lacked discipline for such practices.
As he settles in, Olivia and Logan catch up about their weekends, both of which involved all things spooky. One of the best parts of autumn is Halloween, and it’s probably only natural that those who work in the funeral industry have some kind of affinity towards the holiday. Every department decorates the parts of the offices the guests can’t see.
The author's experience of living in a new city is marred and streaked by the effect the city has on her, mentally as well as physically. She traverses the divide as best as she possibly can and finds herself short of being understood.
I couldn't fathom Dad telling Poppy something he hadn't told me: he was the only relationship in my life built entirely on honesty. He was the one who had encouraged me to travel and live somewhere new while I was young; he was the person I called when I needed help with my taxes or choosing a 401K plan.