The Hurry Up Years

“Young people choose each other in the hurry-up years when perfect certainty is matched only by equally perfect disgregard of the nonimmediate future. They have no idea what they are looking for and no idea that that which they choose some triumphantly stupid night is not it. But just as most of us learn instinctively to negotiate the dynamics of riding a bike in gentle ignorance of the physical laws that make it possible, so without realizing it, we seek someone who can foster the now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t self-esteem you picked up for a song on the ground floor of your parents’ lives. Instinctively you feel that someone else’s confidence might mate with yours and that for once your offspring will not be the only beneficiaries of the union. In the first light of a winter morning the union might produce something else; two people might have a better chance of coping with that which is always there but that cannot be named and that usually disappears when the light is on.” — Elliot Perlman “Three Dollars” pg 82

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