Hey guys, this is a beautiful extract from the book Wonder by R.J Palacio that I’m currently reading. It’s my favourite bit out of the whole book. I’m sorry but I don’t have enough time to review this but I would just like to say it is an amazing book and is strongly recommended from me. Happy reading!
The Universe-Pg 204
i can’t sleep tonight. my head is full of thoughts that won’t turn off. lines from my monologues, elements of the periodic table that i’m suppose to be memorizing. theorems i’m supposed to be understanding. olivia. auggie.
miranda’s words keep coming back: the universe was not kind to auggie pullman.
i’m thinking about that a lot and everything it means. she’s right about that. the universe was not kind to auggie pullman. what did that little kid ever do to deserve his sentence? what did the parents do? or olivia? she once mentioned that some doctor told her parents that the odds of someone getting the same combination of syndromes that came together to make auggie’s face were like one in four million. so doesn’t that make the universe a giant lottery then? you purchase a ticket when you’re born. and it’s all just random whether you get a good ticket or a bad ticket. it’s all just luck.
my head swirls on this, but then softer thoughts soothe, like a flatted third on a major chord. no, no, it’s not all random, if it really was all random, the universe would abandon us completely. and the universe doesn’t. it takes care of its most fragile creations in ways we can’t see. like with parents who adore you blindly. and a big sister who feels guilty for being human over you. and a little gravelly-voiced kid whose friends have left him over you. and even a pink-haired girl who carries your picture in her wallet. maybe it is a lottery, but the universe makes it all even out in the end. the universe takes care of all its little birds.