an acknowledgment of great fortune and a prayer of thanks

Pru asked if she was okay, and June answered with a question that seemed to Pru to be more of a comment on June’s struggles with Lolly: Did you ever have a family?  Pru said she sounded completely wiped out, at wit’s end.  She asked June if she wanted to walk back with her to the house, but she politely declined, saying she needed to be alone a little while longer.

Pru told us that night that she’d never felt as grateful.  That her answer to June’s question had been yes, but not as a commiseration, or as an explanation of fatigue, as it seemed to be for June, but both as an acknowledgment of great fortune and a prayer of thanks.  With Mike on the line from Tacoma, and Mimi and I huddled over her iPhone on speaker in the kitchen, Pru whispered to us, Thank you.

– Bill Clegg, Did You Ever Have a Family


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  1. Anne
    Posted October 30, 2015 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Thx for this quote. I really loved Clegg’s book. Such vivid characters.

  2. Posted November 1, 2015 at 8:20 am | Permalink