Advice from Gloria

My favorite character in Colum McCann’s book Let the Great World Spin is Gloria, who perseveres after her three sons die in Vietnam.

Gloria says:
“Some people think love is the end of the road, and if you’re lucky enough to find it, you stay there. Other people say it just becomes a cliff you drive off, but most people who’ve been around awhile know it’s just a thing that changes day by day, and depending on how much you fight for it, you get it, or you hold on to it, or you lose it….”

“I suppose I’ve always known that it’s hard to be just one person. The key is in the door and it can always be opened….”

“Sometimes we just walk into something that is not for us at all. We pretend it is. We think we can shrug it off like a coat, but it’s not a coat at all, it’s more like another skin….”

“People think they know the mystery of living in your skin. They don’t. There’s no one knows except the person who carts it around her own self.”