This is the true and impossible story of my very great love. In the hope that she will not read it and reproach me, I have withheld many telling details. Her name, the particulars of her birth and upbringing, any identifying scars or birthmarks.
All the same, I cannot help but write this for her. To tell her, I’m sorry for every word I wrote to change you. I’m sorry for so many things. I couldn’t see you when you were here. And now that you’re gone, I see you everywhere.
One may read this and think it’s magic — but falling in love is an act of magic. So is writing.
It was once said of Cather in the Rye, “That rare miracle of fiction has again come to pass: a human being has been created out of ink, paper, and the imagination.” I am no J.D. Salinger, but I have witnessed a rare miracle. Any writer can attest, in the luckiest, happiest state, the words are not coming from you, but through you.
She came to me wholly herself. I was just lucky enough to be there to catch her.
— — — Ruby Sparks