“I knew you were the next one the second I laid my eyes on you singing in that club, but you can never imagine my surprise when I realized that you weren't just the next one—you were the last one”
“It's you, Jack Henry. It will always be you in every song I sing.”
“I can not believe you, Jack Henry!" Mum picks up her purse to smack me several good times. Hard. She's the only mother I know who would use her handbag to beat her thirty-year-old son.”
“Laurelyn, I once asked you to be mine for three months. Now, I’m asking you to be mine forever.” She opens her mouth to speak and I place my fingers to her lips. “But I don’t want your answer right now because you’re not ready to say yes. You still need time to spread your wings and fly. I love you with all my heart and I want you to experience everything this life has to offer you because it won’t wait. But I will. I’ll wait for you as long as it takes, and you can come to me after you ‘ve had enough of this life…when you’re ready to spend forever with me.”
“I don't regret you for a second. You're my favorite complication and you always will be.”
“Every song I write from here on out will be about Jack Henry. That's how our tale will go on and on forever—through my music. He will always be every song I sing”
“I hear her soft, sweet voice against my ear and feel her trembling in my arms.
“Don’t leave,” she whispers.
I feel the tears when they come and I bury my face in her hair. “Don’t let me leave without you.”
“I interrupted whatever you were doing?”
“Indeed you did.”
“Son, if you stopped to answer the phone, then you weren’t doing whatever well enough and you need to get back to her and do it better. Don’t answer the phone next time.”
Damn. I just got zinged by my mum.”
“You're everything I never knew I wanted. Every time I picture my future, it's always your face I see…with some little people who look like us.”
“There's a pounding at the bedroom door, followed by my mum's voice. "I know your in there, you little shit, and I'm giving you two minutes to shut it down, get dressed, and get out of there."
We look at each other in the mirror and laugh as we simultaneously say. "Busted.”
“I swear you are my fucking dream come true.”
It’s amazing how he can take the sweetest things, throw the word “fucking” in the middle of it, and I could melt into a puddle at his feet. If my panties weren’t already off, I’d be dropping them after hearing him say that.”
“I can't lie. This—me and you—scares the shit out of me."
I'd be worried if she weren't frightened. "Me too, but wouldn't you rather be scared together than
be miserable apart? Because I know that's what I'd be without you.”
“It's because there are three guys in a girl's life: one she loves, one she hates, and one she can't get enough of. The three have one thing in common. They're all the same guy, and right now, Jack is the one you hate. You want to kick his nut sack into his gut, but you have to remember that he's also the one you love and can't get enough of.”
“Tears spill down her cheeks. “I’m so pissed off at you right now that I can’t see straight. I simultaneously love the fuck out of you while I hate your guts. I don’t know if I want to slap your face or get naked with you.”
“My vote would be for getting naked, but I don’t think they’ll allow that here in the airport.”
“Today I lay at your feet the man I’ve been so I may become the man you need me to be.”
“You're surrendering your all to me, and I can't think of anything more beautiful than that. I once thought of you as my beauty from pain—when I thought I'd never see you again—but you're something entirely different. You're my beauty from surrender because that's what you're doing—relinquishing the person you once were to give yourself to me wholeheartedly. And I love you so much for it. I couldn't think of a better gift to give your bride.”
“He's a morning man. And a night man. And an everything-in-between man”
“She is my everything and I'm never letting her get away again”
“I take you to be my best friend, my lover, my husband, and the father of our children. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect
you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love from this day forward, for as long as we both shall live. You will always be every song I sing.”
“You, caveman, are the best surprise I've had in…my entire life.”
“I’m going to do everything in my power to make it up to her because I hate what me without her looks like. I’m going to win her back, and when I do, I‘m never letting go of her again.”
“No other man will ever reside here. It's reserved for you alone”
“There's been no other man since you —not inside my head, my heart, or my body.”
“I may not be like the women who came before me, but there are some things that are the same. I want a husband and babies— plural—and if you don't, that's a problem for me.”
“You're the only angel in my life, Laurelyn.”
“It was a mistake to not tell you how I felt. It's haunted me since the day I came home and found you gone. You'll never know how sorry I am for letting you slip through my fingers. But it won't happen again because I'm never letting you go. Ever”
“Laurelyn, I once asked you to be mine for three months. Now, I'm asking you to be mine forever.”
“A sweat-licking, ass-biting freak—that's what you are,”
“Alice thought to herself "I don't see how he can ever finish, if he doesn't begin.”
“I knew I was having a panic attack. I hadn't had one in a while, though, and I'd forgotton how they made everything like it- and I- was going to fall apart. How they reminded me of how trapped I was.”
“There is only darkness, starless and complete. The waves glitter like a million dull knives.”
“no matter the intervention, developing readers must spend substantial instructional time actually reading if they are to attain reading competence.”
“In desperate times, much more than anything else, folks need perspective. For perspective brings calm. Calm leads to clear thinking. Clear thinking yields new ideas. And ideas produce the bloom...of an answer. Keep your head and heart clear. Perspective can just as easily be lost as it can be found.”
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