"I’m not really proud of what happened next, but understand, we were both under tremendous pressure—but I slapped her across the face. Hard. I had lip gloss and foundation on my palm when I pulled it back. “You listen to me,” I said. “When I was your age, I was working in a factory downtown. I was trying to figure out a way to get your mother to marry me. I did not work my whole life preparing for your arrival for you to throw it away now, do you understand me? I did not walk away from my flock for you to come this close and give up.”
"My grandmother says, if you’re watching your house burn down and you see a blue flame, check to see who it is that you’ve lost. Blue means a person is burning, and it’s good to start accepting that as soon as you can. Even bones burn blue, so even if you can’t look until later, when the flames are lower, you’ll know."