Annaism

Ever since I finished My Sister’s Keeper years ago, I haven’t been able to find this story . I couldn’t find it on quote websites and I couldn’t exactly remember what it was either, except for the fact that it was absolutely stunning. As we all know, the best things come to us when we’re supposed to be asleep, and this case is no exception. I’ve just found the paragraph, after searching FOR YEARS. I’m so excited I just have to share it with you.

“If there was a religion of Annaism, and I had to tell you how humans made their way to Earth, it would go like this: In the beginning, there was nothing at all but the moon and the sun. And the moon wanted to come out during the day, but there was something so much brighter that seemed to fill up all those hours. The moon grew hungry, thinner and thinner, until she was just a slice of herself, and her tips were as sharp as a knife. By accident, because that is the way most things happen, she poked a hole in the night and out spilled a million stars, like a fountain of tears. 

Horrified, the moon tried to swallow them up. And sometimes this worked, because she got fatter and rounder.. But mostly it didn’t, because there were just so many. The stars kept coming, until they made the sky so bright that the sun got jealous. He invited the stars to his side of the world, where it was always bright. What he didn’t tell them, though, was that in the daytime, they’d never be seen. So the stupid ones leaped from the sky to the ground, and they froze under the weight of their own foolishness. 

Moon did her best. She carved each of these blocks of sorrow into a man or a woman. She spent the rest of her time watching out so that her other stars wouldn’t fall. She spent the rest of her time holding onto whatever scraps she had left.”

My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult. Anna Fitzgerald, The Weekend.

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