Jack has never seen this many people along the bank of the river. He didn’t even know there was this many people in Providence.
It’s freezing and everyone is bundled up in puffy jackets so squeezing between bodies to get to where they want to be is a challenge. There’s a string of ‘sorry’s’ and ‘pardon me’s’ that don’t seem to get them anywhere so finally Jack just gives up and apologizes to his mother in his head for how rude he’s being as he muscles his way through.
She was that beautiful. But few people really knew her. Beauty could do that; it scared you off, made you keep your distance. It wasn’t like in the movies where the camera made beauty seem like something that invited you in. In the real world, beauty was like a fence to keep you out, back you off.
Life isn’t happily ever after… It’s work. The person you love is rarely worthy of how big your love is. Because no one is worthy of that and maybe no one deserves that burden of it, either. You’ll be let down. You’ll be disappointed and have your trust broken and have a lot of real sucky days. You lose more than you win. You hate the person you love as much as you love him. But you roll up your sleeves and work - at everything - because that’s what growing older is.