Double Happiness

“‘Sometimes fate or life or whatever you want to call it, leaves a door a little open and you walk through it. But sometimes it locks the door and you have to find the key, or pick the lock, or knock the damn thing down. And sometimes, it doesn’t even show you the door, and you have to build it yourself. But if you keep waiting for the doors to be opened for you … . ’ she trails off.

‘What?’

‘I think you’ll have a hard time finding single happiness, let alone that double portion.’

‘I’m beginning to doubt that double happiness even exists,’ I say, thinking of my parents.

‘That’s because you’re looking for it. Doubt is part of searching. Same as faith.’

‘Aren’t those opposites?’

‘Maybe they’re just two parts of the couplet.’”

Kate to Willem, Just One Year by Gayle Forman, pp. 135-36

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