No one can ever prepare you for what happens when you have a child. When you see the baby in your arms and you know that it’s your job now. No one can prepare you for the love and the fear.
When you’re a poor kid from a poor family, religion counts for a lot. And when a priest pays attention to you, it’s a big deal.
When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.