On the Cutting Room Floor – Discovering My True Self #2

Readers of The Wrong Calamity know that I overcame a difficult childhood and reflected in the book about how I did so. This very early paragraph didn’t make it to the final manuscript. I’d write it differently now, but it still strikes me as true:

“What do you learn from parents like these? Not ambition, or how to nurture children or compromise or disagree without rancor, or that you are a good girl, a lovable girl, a girl to enjoy being with. But you do learn a lot about what not to do, and you learn the value of luck—luck if you unlearn the things you shouldn’t have learned in the first place, and also luck if you bump into people who are on your side and show you how to be and do.”

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