“Maybe love isn't just a bouquet of roses once in a whole. Maybe it's just sticking it out, when it's hard, when you're mad, when you're tired.”
“I don't want to lose you, I love you, and…and that's all I've got.”
As speeches went, it wasn't great. As feelings went…different story.”
“But if someone calls me ‘poor thing’ one more time, I may go postal and kill everyone around me. Except children and dogs. And old people. And you. And Connor. Fine, I won't kill anyone. But it's driving me crazy.”
“Love came when you weren't looking, except in the case of millions who found mates on Match.com, but, hey. It sounded good.”
“The love of your life won't be the man you end up with, and you'll always compare the two.”
“Nina, I really would like to go spend some time with Faith,” he said bluntly.
“To make me jealous?”
“No. Because she's…”
“Sweet?” Nina said, pulling a face and batting her eyelashes
“Maybe love isn’t just
a bouquet of roses once in a while. Maybe it’s just sticking it out, when it’s hard, when you’re mad, when
“What’s more appealing than a guy who gets down on his knees and lets your dog lick his face?”
“Well, you always remember people who hurt your feelings.”
“Men never had to deal with this, Faith thought. Men didn’t hide in bathrooms and wrestle microfiber and pantyhose. Totally not fair. Men had it easy. Did men get bikini waxed and wear uncomfortable underwear? No, they did not. Faith would bet her life that a man had invented thongs. Men sucked.”
“Maybe love isn't just a bouquest of roses once in a while. Maybe it's just sticking it out, when it's hard, when you're mad, when you're tired.”
“Then she slammed the door. Opened it and slammed it again, just in case he missed the point.”
“Maybe love isn't just a bouquet of roses once in a while. Maybe it's just sticking it out when it's hard, when you're mad, when you're tired.”
“Get out of bed. Go to classes. Try to be normal, and pretty soon all that grief you carry...it gets easier.”
“The whole bringing sexy back...you know that song? By that cute boy?”
“Yeah, I know it,” Faith said grimly.
“Who is he again?”
“Right. “Bring Sexy Back” or something. Well, I didn’t know sexy was gone. Now Carl wants me to be all creative. You know what he brought back from Costco last week? Eight cans of whipped cream, Faith. Eight.”
“That’s a lot,” Faith said. Time to swear off dairy.
“And it’s having the opposite effect. Right? Like, the storm of love I used to have has dried to a mist, because all of a sudden, plain old marital brevity isn’t good enough. Oh, and the other day, Abby walked in on us, and she’s not speaking to me at the moment. Last week, Faith, I had a mammogram, you know?”
Faith looked up sharply. “Is everything okay?”
“Sure! But I was looking forward to it! Like, that was my special alone time, just me and the boob squisher. I didn’t have to talk dirty to Carl or wear Vulcan ears—”
“The world outside was a rolling sea and he was on a raft without a paddle. There was nothing to anchor him and no way to shore. He”
“Do you feel that we can rebel against our oppressors without losing our love, our tolerance, and our ability to forgive?”
“Gradually, you see, our people are coming into the power they have always thought is their due.”
“There are so many places I want to visit. When I’m a flight attendant, I can visit the Grand Canyon one day and be in Hawaii the next. I can’t imagine a more perfect job. —IB We”
“But this feeling had come, that day, and swallowed everything up inside it, so big you couldn’t really prove it was there except by an arithmetic of absence and the memory of better days.”
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