Listening to the audio version of this book got me through a rainy day of curtain sewing, and I must say it was a great way to read this book–the time flew by. With candor and wit, Kelly Corrigan talks about parenting, marriage, mothering, career, family, friendship, illness, aging, and mortality. Some of her language is a bit jarring, but I appreciated her deeply honest vulnerability and her willingness to share her own stories in order to give us (and herself) permission to not have all of the answers, but still have something simple yet meaningful to say in tough situations. And of course sometimes the best thing is to say nothing at all!
So what are some of the hardest things to say? Here’s a sample few to give you the idea, and note, these are said without nattering on and including our own stories, excuses, reasons, or explanations: “Tell me more.” “I know (but only if you actually do).” “I was wrong.” “I don’t know.” And of course the one we all struggle with, “No.”