Any book that references Dairy Queen is a book I’m going to love. And it was certainly true for The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton.
Oh Dally, Pony, Sodapop, Darry… your names, alone, slay me. I’ve been on the outside looking in. Plenty.
And writing really has been the catharsis to the angst that brings.
It was for Ponyboy, too. “Stay gold,” Pony.
There were quotes upon quotes that moved me in this story of East side greasers versus West side Socs.
“Nothing sparkly can stay.” Now, that one was a lie. As a parent, I now know that glitter can stay. Glitter ALWAYS stays.
Hinton packed a ton of wisdom into this short novel about outsiders looking in. “There isn’t any real good reason for fighting except self-defense,” is there?
But his insights into our common humanity, well… even in High School, I was desperately seeking the commonalities.
“It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”
As years become decades, I’ve realized how beautiful it can be to acknowledge that we all see the same sunset. There is comfort to be found in that, isn’t there?
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