The Importance of any Event is Measured by Your Memory’s Loyalty to It

“My father told me once that the importance of any event was measured by your memory’s loyalty to it.  When he said that, he was facing away from me at his work table, painting on a wing stripe.  He seemed to always say important things over his shoulder, as though seeing his face would make the wisdom too personal, as though it might not make true sense if I associated it with a human expression.  To my father, words of wisdom might best be heard in the dark.”

–Howard Norman, The Chauffeur

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