Older Than You
This essay, our Readers’ Favourite, is a lovely meditation on the ghost of love. Andrea Hansell’s personal tale captures the way that love weaves through our lives, travels through time and space with us and lingers long after the passing of the players. “Your ghost will roam with me …,” she says and we feel her loss, but also the eternal company that love provides.
On the Road
This tiny jewel of an essay, our Editors’ Favourite, is a finely wrought and gorgeous testament to the universal nature of love. In stepping out of the realm of human love – familial, romantic, platonic – Cynthia McVay has distilled the essence of the thing that we call love. Her last line, in particular, illustrates that this bird love, of which she writes, is a precious miniature of our lived experience. “That one would not die of internal bleeding and the other of a broken heart.”
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