I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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J.E. McCafferty is the author of four books of fiction, including the novels First You Try Everything and One Heart. She teaches writing for the Madwomen in the Attic Workshops and at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
You had the face of a man who couldn’t help understanding everything — all of it, the whole pathetic, tragic human thing — and that draws people in. To me you were a magnet of kindness.