"I have had some experience with reason ending, since I spent most of Galen's first 14 years at my wit's end. He was difficult. He was smart. He was strong-willed. I'd never had a child before, let alone a smart, strong-willed boy-child. I remember those first few months with him in our tiny third floor apartment down along the edge of Gloucester harbor. He'd make a noise and I'd wonder, "What is that?" and be astounded, over and over again, and there was no place to go and find out. Automobiles, even washing machines came with instruction manuals; yet they let you take this incredibly complex creation home without so much as a label on it."

from Chapter 3, THE TIME MACHINE.


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