And I remembered now, too, my inadvertent youthful condescension, when the woman had said, apologizing for some information she couldn’t recall, “I still remember the coat I wore when I was five, but I have no idea what I ate for breakfast today.” I’d laughed and smiled in warm sympathy. How sweet, I had thought, she remembers her coat. She must have loved it not to have forgotten. But the coat wouldn’t ask any effort of preservation. Feeling ninety, and no longer five, there would be the real effort. Telling that five-year old girl, in her beautiful coat, You’re all finished. Submerged. Obsolete.
We are ghosts of ourselves, and of others, and all of these ghosts appear perfectly real.
—Susan Choi, My Education (via elesheva)