Commonplace #1

“Did you ever have those days when everything stood still, no forward motion? Those are the days when the past catches up with you. You have to stand still to let it come alongside, and then you have to wait and listen to what it has to say. It’s never what you expect. You start to walk again and it puts its dead hand on your arm. It’s not finished. You damn well wait until it’s finished. You’re captive. Until it’s ended, you can’t move. It’s all familiar; the thing has total recall. You try to jerk your arm away, but it won’t let you go. More you fight, the stronger it gets. You ever have days like that, Elly?”

Ward Just, The American Ambassador

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