People who matter stay with us

Vivian’s “losses have piled one on another like layers of shale. Even if her mother lived, she would be dead now, the people who adopted her are dead. Her husband is dead. She has no children,” writes Christina Baker Kline in the book The Orphan Train.

But Vivian knows “the people who matter in our lives stay with us, haunting our most ordinary moments. They’re with us in the grocery store, as we turn a corner, chat with a friend. They rise up through the pavement; we absorb them in our soles.”

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