"The truth is, we all thought of giving up at some point that winter, more often than you could imagine. And maybe we would have, if we hadn't had each other, but it was something, having the five of us, knowing we weren't alone."
"It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything right. It didn't make ANYTHING all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird's flight. But I'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting."