“He will be repeatedly amazed by how poorly everyone remembers their childhoods, how they project their adult selves back into those bleached-out photographs, those sandals, those tiny chairs. As if choosing, as if deciding, as if saying ‘no’ were simply skills you could learn, like tying your shoelaces or riding a bike. Things happened to you. If you were lucky you got an education. If you were lucky you weren’t abused by the guy who ran the five-a-side. If you were very lucky you finally ended up in a place where you could say: I’m going to study accountancy … I’d like to live in the countryside … I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
– Mark Haddon, The Pier Falls.