Life is like pouring water into a Coca- Cola bottle; if you’re the least bit scared you can’t do it
They’s a heap more to God’s will than death, disapoint-ment, and like thet. Hit’s God’s will for us to be good and do good, love one another, be forgivin’…” He laughed. “I reckon I ain’t very forgivin’, son. I can forgive a fool, but I ain’t inner-rested in coddlin’ hypocrites. Well anyhow, folks who think God’s will jest has to do with sufferin’ and dyin’, they done missed the whole point.
Livin’ is like pourin’ water out of a tumbler into a dang Coca-Cola bottle. If’n you skeered you can’t do it, you cain’t. If’n you say to yourself, “By dang, I can do it!” then, by dang, you won’t slosh a drop.
I’m convinced true fulfillment is living in God’s world one day at a time, savoring it, leaving today’s disapointments behind and borrowing no troubles from tomorrow. It’s done not only by accepting life, fever, and things that go bump in the night, but also by cultivating love and new and old friendships, and especially by finding a new work or project that makes it exciting just to get up in the morning.
…But I don’t think I’m the only person who is tired of books and movies full of paper-doll characters you don’t care about, who have no self-respect and no respect for anybody or any institution….And I don’t want to sound preachy or Victorian, but I’m tired of amorality in fiction and in real life. Immorality is a fascinating human dilemma that creates suspense for the readers and tension for the characters, but where is the tension in an amoral situation? When people have no personal code, nothing is threatening and nothing is meaningful.
But to mourn, that’s different. To mourn is to be eaten alive with homesickness for the person.
Olive Ann describes Sanna as ‘a perfectionist and a worrier.’ She is obsessed with the idea of finding happiness, and for her, as Olive ann wrote in her notes for the novel, ‘happiness means being first with somebody, having perfect, loving children…The theme of Sanna is disillusionment,’ Olive Ann wrote. ‘Her life is the pursuit of happiness and perfection, but she finds happiness and perfection impossible to obtain-her idea of happiness is constant joy, no changes.