April 20, 2004

a shout out

Maybe it has to do with turning 40 last week, but this one struck home. It's David Sedaris, talking to a graduating class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (and quoted in James McManus' great poker and murder book Positively Fifth Street):

"There is no escaping the people who love you, especially not today. Their gift is wrapped in a complex, difficult paper and tied with a ribbon five miles longer than your patience. When you open the package, remember to look surprised and behave with grace, as theirs is the gift that brought you here and will accompany you, kicking and screaming, to whatever future awaits you."

Amen.

Posted by krudman at April 20, 2004 12:16 PM
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