saw the same sunset

Fifty years after The Outsiders was first published, there still has never been a passage so teenaged as this one.

“You read a lot, don’t you, Ponyboy?” Cherry asked.

I was startled. “Yeah. Why?”

She kind of shrugged. “I could just tell. I’ll bet you watch sunsets, too.” She was quiet for a minute after I nodded. “I used to watch them, too, before I got so busy …”

I pictured that, or tried to. Maybe Cherry stood still and watched the sun set while she was supposed to be taking the garbage out. Stood there and watched and forgot everything else until her big brother screamed at her to hurry up. I shook my head. It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.

happy birthday, ponyboy curtis.

when i first read the outsiders, i immediately identified you as my favorite character. you and i have so much in common - our love for books, movies, sunsets, and our inability to use our heads. we both look at life the same way. let’s just talk about you for a second. you are so strong, ponyboy. i could never be as strong as you. you are loyal. when any of your friends need you, you’re there. you are understanding. i know you say soda is the understanding one but, i think you are, too. “it seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one i saw from the back steps was the same one. maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. we saw the same sunset.” that’s understanding, pony. you are so many things that you don’t see. your words, your thoughts, your view of life - all of these things changed me. you changed my life, ponyboy curtis. you made me feel something. thank you.

So let’s make a brief recap. In the span of two days:

- Jay posts an ig pic of a creepy doll lamp

- Medias report Briana is a terribly irresponsible mother who put Freddie in serious danger

- Medias report “crazy fan theories” that Freddie is a doll

- Medias report that Briana is mad at Louis because he’s spending time with Danielle while he has Freddie and how he isnt “respecting her”

- Louis and his grandfather win a competition for Doncaster Rovers and Louis’ grandfather gives an interview to ITV where he talks about Louis and Freddie

- Louis is pictured for the fourth time (fifth?) at the Commons at Calabasas (by the same fan who saw him out of the Sunset Marquis and who met Danielle and Lottie)

- Daisy post an ig pic of her and Phoebe with Danielle and a photobombing Louis (bonus: photos of Louis with Max & Clifford)

- Briana posts various snapchats and pics that make clear her face looks quite different from the infamous “this is for The Sun” pic

- Briana posts a picture with a sleeping Freddie, he’s sideways, his eyes are closed, it doesn’t show the baby’s hands or feet

totally normal right