“Once upon a time, there was a boy. He lived in a village that no longer exists, in a house that no longer exists, on the edge of a field that no longer exists, where everything was discovered, and everything was possible. A stick could be a sword, a pebble could be a diamond, a tree, a castle.
"Once upon a time, there was a boy who lived in a house across the field, from a girl who no longer exists. They made up a thousand games. She was queen and he was king. In the autumn light her hair shone like a crown. They collected the world in small handfuls, and when the sky grew dark, and they parted with leaves in their hair.
"Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
-Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
That is so beautiful, I don't even want to think. It makes me shrivel up inside because I will never be able to write something as gorgeous.