Terry Pratchett is an author I enjoy reading. His DiscWorld series, while humorous, have a wit and a perceptiveness. And even when you are chuckling over some funny instance, there is a message, a deeper meaning, that lingers.
I really liked ‘I Shall Wear Midnight’. It was an easy read and the nac mac feagles do keep one entertained with their antics. But what has resonated with me was how it dealt with grief following the death of a loved one. Personally, my family has been affected by this recently and words have been hard to come by for me. Grief is such a personal thing and I deal with mine by trying to avoid it until it takes me over when I am alone. I hide, I obfuscate, I run – until it catches up.
This may not be the best way of dealing with it but I believe that only time and time alone will heal… and each one of us heals in our own way.
“She heard him mutter, ‘Can you take away this grief?’
‘I’m sorry,’ she replied. ‘Everyone asks me. And I would not do so even if I knew how. It belongs to you. Only time and tears take away grief; that is what they are for.”