Right / Wrong

Why do you always have to be right, I remembered John saying.

It was a complaint, a charge, part of a fight.

He never understood that in my own mind I was never right.  Once in 1971, when we were moving from Franklin Avenue to Malibu, I found a message stuck behind a picture I was taking down.  The message was from someone to whom I had been close before I married John.  He had spent a few weeks with us in the house on Franklin Avenue.  This was the message: "You were wrong."  I did not know what I had been wrong about but the possibilities seemed infinite.

The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion

3 thoughts on “Right / Wrong

  1. Do you know that this is my favourite passage from the book? I read it last night and it actually brought a tear to my eye because it was so true for me. “He never understood that in my own mind I was never right.” Man, that really hit home for me.

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