A Quote From Missing May (read intro)
A quote from the book Missing May by Cynthia Rylant that I thought was really sweet and sad. It's a great book, you should read it. This is what you need to know:
The storyteller- Summer, an orphan living with her uncle
May- Summer's deceased aunt
Ob- Summer's uncle
But what is it that makes a person want to stay here on this earth anyway, and go on suffering the most awful pain just for the sake of getting to stay?
I used to think it was because people fear death. But now I think it is because people can't bear saying good-bye.
May was lucky. When she had to say her good-bye to Ob, she had to hurt over it only once. And then she was an angel and it didn't hurt her anymore.
But Ob. Ob hurt and he kept on hurting. Living in a trailer full of May's empty spaces. Walking through May's dying garden. Sleeping in a bed that still left room for her.
He hurt so much. But even after his most terrible hours, he decided to stay here on this earth. Right out of the blue, he wanted to live again. And I'd like to think maybe he wanted to live because of me. Because he couldn't bear the thought of saying good-bye to me.