• “Suddenly, it seemed to me an eternity since I had last seen Mam, and I cried.
    "What is wrong with the boy?" the monk asked.
    "It is his first day out," Dad fumbled.
    "Cheer up," the monk said to me. "You are becoming a man."
    "I am hungry," I told him.
    "That is one way of becoming a man," he concluded.”