Sometimes when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy, we can thank God for Bavarian sugar cookies. And, fortunately, when there aren’t any cookies, we can find reassurance in a familiar hand on our skin, or a kind and loving gesture, or a subtle encouragement, or a loving embrace, or an offer of comfort…not to mention hospital gurneys, and nose plugs, an uneaten Danish and soft-spoken secrets and Fender Stratocasters and, maybe, the occasional piece of fiction. And we must remember that all these things—the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only, accessorize our days are, in fact, here for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives. I know the idea seems strange, but I also know that it just so happens to be true.
~Karen Eiffel in “Stranger Than Fiction”