Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The very best thing

"We all might have burst into hysterical laughter, and we probably would have if a sleeping child weren't propped in the middle of the dining room table, next to two candlesticks, a Stengal sugar bowl, and some salt and pepper shakers. Adoption, I could see, was a lot like childbirth: Here she is! everyone exclaimed. And you looked and saw a pickled piglet and felt nothing, not realizing it would be the only time you would ever feel nothing again. A baby destroyed a life and thereby became the very best thing in it. Though to sit gloriously and triumphantly in ruins may not be such a big trick." --from The Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore