"after all we are not suddenly seventy - or rather our seventy is an accumulation of all the other ways we were, our five-year-old selves became our ten-year-old selves and so on and on and if we unpack our souls the whole album appears and every moment is a part of the following moment and we are all a continuum that includes all the ways we were that we have forgotten." anne roiphe, epilogue
i recently finished reading this book, and this passage has really resonated with me. so true, isn't it?
(that's me in the photo...circa 1986-ish)