Excerpt from “Sunshine” by Robin McKinley

 

“Would it have been so bad?” she said, musingly.  “I am not the one to answer that, for I am your grandmother, and I love you.  But yes, I think it would have been so bad.  What we can do, we must do: we must use what we are given, and we must use it the best we can, however much or little help we have for the task.  What you have been given is a hard thing – a very hard thing – or you would not have to ask if your failure and early death would be so bad a thing to happen instead.  But my darling, what if there were no one who could do the difficult things?”

 

**I like this mini-passage because it asks the question, “If we are faced with something difficult and we have the power to change it though it is so hard, do we do so, perhaps at the detriment to ourselves?”

 

~From the book “Sunshine”

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~ by cjt on April 8, 2011.

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