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    Nearly dying brings you closer to living. There's a thin border; you feel yourself cross it, going back to the land of the living, going home. Perhaps, if you'd gone the other way, death would have been a different home.
    — Jackie Kay
    tags: death  living  dying  gone 
     
    These days I can't tell what I really feel.
    — Jackie Kay
    (After meeting her birth mother after more than 40 years) We exchange bunches of orchids, laughing at the coincidence of the flowers. A little unnerving: I wonder if that choice has anything to do with genetics. ... I want to take mine home and look after them so that they live for days. I might spray the leaves, and make sure they sit in an easterly window, and keep them out of the direct sun.
    — Jackie Kay
    When the love of your life dies, the problem is not that some part of you dies too, which it does, but that some part of you is still alive.
    — Jackie Kay
    tags: problem  die 
     
    How blazing and alive the past is. The color of the wallpaper in the bedroom you had as a girl. It's not so much that you've lost your memory, more like you're submerged in it, like you're living in the brightly vivid underwater world of the past.
    — Jackie Kay
    tags: living  past  world  memory  lost  girls 
     
    Sometimes you remember your life in photographs that were never taken.
    — Jackie Kay
    Loss isn't an absence after all. It is a presence. A strong presence right next to me. I look at it. It doesn't look like anything, that's what is so strange. It just fits in.
    — Jackie Kay
    tags: loss  right  strong 
     
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