The quote for this week was chosen because I feel like it is important to remind everyone that this is true for everyone, not just them. I chose a quote from one of my favorite books, Orphan Train. Orphan Train is about the dual journey of two girls, one modern day orphan, lost and confused, and an orphan from 80 years ago, now a 91 year old woman. Their lives intersect, and the stories are told in differing time periods, which is amazing (read the full review here).
“My entire life has felt like chance. Random moments of loss and connection. This is the first one that feels, instead, like fate.” ~Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train
To me, this quote resonates because I understand exactly how Kline and her narrator felt while writing this. So much of life is random, and each day you have different experiences that do not necessarily relate to what happened before. This can be really hard sometimes, because when everything is spiraling around you, you can go from having an amazing day to having one where you feel completely and totally lost. And sometimes, this can even happen within a day.
For Vivian, one of the protagonists in Orphan Train, her life kind of sucked, and she was bounced around randomly, until something happened to make everything fall into place perfectly. I believe that one day, this will happen for everyone. Maybe not tomorrow, but eventually. And that is why it is important to not worry about connecting the random dots, because they probably don’t go in order. You have all of these random moments of chance experiences, but they all do connect to form your fate, it is just that a lot of times you don’t feel it right away. I think Kline manages to portray this theme in her entire piece, and this quote embodies that, and can be taken out of context yet still manage to apply to real people’s current lives, which is something that not all books manage to do.
I personally love this quote, and it is my favorite from the novel. What are your favorite quotes from this book? Do you have one that is similar?