Here are some excerpts from various pages of the book:
"...You have opened my heart toward taking the first step even though I do not
know what will happen after that. It seems to me that if you approve of my
birth parents there must be something good about them.
I already know Molly and I like her. I hope I can say the same thing
about the professor. In the near future, I may be receptive
to sharing with them that ‘special kind of love’ to which you have referred.
I am not an expert with words, but it must be without demands,
subordinate to a superior kind of love–but love nonetheless.”
"You may argue that I had no other real experience to compare their love with,
but why would I need to compare my state of mind insofar as feeling loved
when I have never felt the lack of it?"
"The actions preceding this visit paved the way for a new beginning marked by that
wondrous feeling of FEELING WANTED, a phrase I am borrowing from you ...
While I had always felt the LOVE of my (adoptive) parents, they also proved that
they WANTED me in their lives. Two different concepts independent in their
values but, when put together, they elevate the meaning of the word
From the poem MAKE AMENDS:
"Uncover the lies, relieve the hurt, be brave before it's too late; tell the
truth ... let it be! Make amends! And you'll be FOREVER FREE!"
"... But my sweetheart was there, eager as I was to share fleeting while unforgettable
"...blurted out a new bombshell, quick enough as to keep me prisoner of her
"...a passionate kiss equal to no other, or so I eagerly believed..."
"Our love affair started somewhat platonic, which gave way to our needing more..."