Scalzi: She’d Think That Was Enough

“Katherine’s marker has her name (Katherine Rebecca Perry), her dates, and the words: Beloved Wife and Mother. I read those words over and over every time I visit. I can’t help it; they are four words that so inadequately and so perfectly sum up a life. The phrase tells you nothing about her, about how she met each day or how she worked, about what her interests were or where she liked to travel. You’d never know what her favorite color was, or how she liked to wear her hair, or how she voted, or what here sense of humor was. You’d know nothing about her except that she was loved. And she was. She’d think that was enough.”

– John Scalzi, Old Man’s War (p. 10)

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