"Disclaimer: While what you are about to read is largely true, I have recreated some events and conversations from memory. A few names and identifying characteristics have been changed to protect the innocent."
"Marriage is like a fence. Just because there are a few broken boards or rotted-out posts doesn't mean you tear the whole thing down and burn the lumber. You repair the weak spots. You move on."
"My mom used to say that the past was just building blocks to the future. That all regrets, mistakes and miscalculations were the foundation, and as necessary as air."
"Be passionate in other areas, but in matters of the heart, be mindful to use caution. Your heart isn't something to give freely and without thought. It should be protected at all costs.."
"The mirror exposed time's passage, yes, but it eclipsed her heart's true mileage. The lined face, the extra pounds, the hair chemically treated to hide its gray. Each year the body was hers, but her mind was out of sync with her reflection Always playing catch-up, trying to rearrange the scrambled pieces of her life."
"The future is the one that you can count on not abandoning you, kid, he'd said. The future always finds you. Stand still, and it will find you. The way the land just has to run to the sea." -Marianne Wiggins