So, I’ve been rereading Lost in the City, a collection of short stories by Edward P. Jones. Just reread the title story, and it had this great line in it that I just have to share. I’ve been searching for non-cliche ways to express this kind of sentiment, and I think that Jones did it so, so well. Here goes:
“‘For what?’ her mother said to her father. ‘What’s there to be sorry about? You do know that I love you. You do know that, don’t you? If you go away with nothin else, know that.'”
That line was in the main character’s head, a flashback while she’s riding in a cab, high on coke. Her father had been on his deathbed, and he’d been apologizing for something, we don’t know what. Isn’t that beautiful, though? What the mother says. I just really like it – it seems heartfelt.