What would be more fitting than to use lines from my favorite book to make up my very first entry for this blog. Let me tell you a short story of how I met Suzanne’s Diary…

I was a junior in college. We were at a room where we were asked to wait for our turn on the mock job interview. We were talking about books until we reached those which would truly leave you crying. It was then when Cheri mentioned about Suzanne’s. She although she already gave us the synopsis of the book, I asked her to lend it to me so I can read it. Because I was already spoiled, I didn’t expect to cry anymore; I knew of the tragic ending, I knew of the twists, but that definitely did not spare e from spilling buckets of tears and for gasping for air as I read through the difficult and painful pages. From that point on, Suzanne’s Diary Nicholas has officially become one of my all-time favorite books. In fact, I have read it four times, as of the moment. No matter how familiar I get with the words and the plot, I never seem to get too familiar with the emotions that it brings to me.

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Author: James Patterson

“He made her feel at peace with herself, completed her circle, did something that was good and right. No one else had ever made her feel that way before. Completely, blissfully at peace.”

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls — family, health, friends, integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”

“I was turning endlessly around and around like a hamster on a wheel in a tiny cage. My life was stretched to the limit, and something was bound to give. Unfortunately, it had been my heart.”

“After twenty years . . . what’s twenty minutes? Or fifty? And besides, you look beautiful, Suzanne. You’re worth the wait.”

“Hands to work, hearts to God.”

“Our eyes met and there was a flash of something bordering on the significant between us. Whatever it was, I liked it.”

“Good memories are like charms, Nicky.  Each is special. You collect them, one by one, until one day you look back and discover they make a long, colorful bracelet.”

“When it’s true, when it’s right, love can give you the kind of joy that you can’t get from any other experience.”

“We is always so much better than I.”

“But what we want most for you is love and that it will always surround you. It is a gift. If I
can, I will try to teach you how to receive such a gift. Because to be without love is to be without grace, what matters most in life.”

“I knew in my gut I shouldn’t have gone away. Now the best thing that could have happened to me has slipped through my fingers again.”

“Bad stuff does happen sometimes, Nicholas. Always remember that, but remember that you have to move on, somehow. You just pick your head up and stare at
something beautiful like the sky, or the ocean, and you move the hell on.”

“Love between two people can last a long time if the people love themselves some and are ready to give love to another person.”

“I feel that every day is an extraordinary gift. Just to be here, and especially to be with you.”

“Thank you, Suzanne. Thank you for this night, this dance, and most of all for this little boy. My whole world is right here, in this room. If I never had another thing, I would have everything.”

“But it has made me realize more than ever how vulnerable we are, how life can be like walking on a high wire. Falling seems a tiny misstep away.”

“One today is worth two tomorrows.”

“My life feels so connected to you. It seems impossible that something bad could happen to me now. But I guess that’s just the false sense of security that love gives.

“Life is such a miracle, a series of small miracles. It really is, if you learn how to look at it with the right perspective.”

“It’s about how good it can be if you find the right person. It’s about treasuring every moment with that special one. Every single millisecond.”

“I can’t begin to explain how lucky it is to find someone you can love that much and who, miracle of miracles, loves you that much back.”

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