The Old Yeller Edition
“Now the thing to do,” [Pa] went on, “is to try to forget it and go on being a man.”
“How?” I asked. “How can you forget a thing like that?”
He studied me for a moment, then shook his head. “I guess I don’t quite mean that,” he said. “It’s not a thing you can forget. I don’t guess it’s a thing you ought to forget. What I mean is, things like that happen. They may seem cruel and unfair, but that’s how life is a part of the time.
“But that isn’t the only way life is. A part of the time, it’s mighty good. And a man can’t afford to waste all the good part, worrying about the bad parts. That makes it all bad…You understand?”
“Yessir,” I said. And I did understand.
HT Suzanne, who talked about listening to this book on CD and who inspired us to do the same. Great book; great narrator; great (if difficult) theme for us all.