Parents are those who will care no matter what; will cart away the excrement; risk getting it on their hands and clothing; suffer being shat upon.
-William Ian Miller, The Anatomy of Disgust, 133
I should be able to save, and even to return something of the money which you have lavished on my life for twenty-seven years. As for the other intangible and incalculable things you have given me, I can only repay these by leading a fairly happy and useful life, keeping in touch with you, and seeing you when I can.
-Oliver Sacks, excerpt from a letter to his parents, On The Move, 54
Thanks mom and dad–don’t expect a check any time soon.