we bought den lille shoes

“Why didn’t you adopt a child?”

“We pursued it, certainly. And twice came close—people gave us baby clothes, the bed with sides, we bought den lille shoes. But both times fell to pieces. A mother can change her mind, you see? But to come so near—and then not. The disappointment is extravagant.” This he stated in a flattened voice like a wall built hastily to conceal ruins.

~ Leif Enger, Virgil Wander (Atlantic Monthly Press, October 2, 2018)




  1. Too sad.


  2. heart breaking!

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  3. Peace Like A River was an awesome book. Thanks for reminding me David.

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  4. Now I want to know more, the little booties pulled me in and then the words.

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  5. This stirs up feelings so close to the heart. And brings us into realizing that many others feel this too. May we never take anything for granted 💕.

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  6. incredibly sad

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  7. I cannot even begin to imagine the agony…
    I don’t think I’d survive it.

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  8. Beautifully expressed and no wall is big enough to conceal these ruins. 😢

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  9. Emotional devastation in just one brief paragraph. Stunning… And I have not read anything by this author, but clearly must change THAT.

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  10. So sad…den lille is Swedish for the little one so there has to be some Swedish connection.

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