The Most Important Things

We sat in silence, while my father sipped from his glass.

“You are very quiet,” he said finally.

“It all started with a silly baseball game,” I said. “I can’t believe it.”

“Reuven, as you grow older you will discover that the most important things that will happen to you will often come as the result of silly things, as you call them–‘ordinary things’ is a better expression. That is the way the world is.”

–Chaim Potok’s The Chosenp. 110

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