Risk

Love Me

Princeton, NJ

This reminded me that my grandmother would get very annoyed when anyone would talk about “the power of love.” Love, she insisted, is not power, which she considered always very coercive. To love it to be vulnerable; and it is only in vulnerability and risk—not safety and security—that we overcome darkness.

– Charlotte Jones Voiklis (Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter), afterword, 50th anniversary edition of A Wrinkle in Time

Photos: New York, January 2010; Princeton, August 2006.

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