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Anne Lamott

And I felt like my heart had been so thoroughly and irreparably broken that there could be no real joy again, that at best there might eventually be a little contentment. Everyone wanted me to get help and rejoin life, pick up the pieces and move on, and I tried to, I wanted to, but I just had to lie in the mud with my arms wrapped around myself, eyes closed, grieving, until I didn’t have to anymore. — Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year. (Anchor; Reprint edition March 8, 2005) Originally published May 1st 1993.

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