“You’ve got this life, so you better live it. You can eat what you want when you want. You can watch what you want, when you want. Sing whenever you want, go out whenever you want, have friends round whenever you want. Independence is beautiful, and although adulthood is scary and difficult, you learn so much and it feels great to be who you want to be and do what you want to do.”
“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.
It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”