Talking About What’s Important

They walked on toward the point in peaceful silence. Finally, Verner said, “Years ago you never talked about horsepower and fertilizer.”

“I didn’t realize they were interesting. Common-place things can be fascinating.”

“But yourself, personal things — you don’t talk about that,” Verner observed.

“Maybe not about the things that matter most,” Grandmother said. She stopped to think. “In any case, less than I used to. I suppose I’ve already said most of it by this time. And I realized that it wasn’t worth it. Or that I didn’t have the right to say it.”

— Tove Jansson, The Summer Book, translated by Thomas Teal


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