she thought as she walked, Brian McBrian was onto something important.
Maybe happiness didn’t have to be about the big, sweeping circumstances,
about having everything in your life in place. Maybe it was about stringing
together a bunch of small pleasures.
This quotation, from chapter 24,
demonstrates how much Tibby has changed this summer, particularly
in her newfound openness to learning things from unexpected people.
Before Tibby met Bailey, she thought she had her worldview all sorted
out. There were lots of losers in the world, and it was her duty
to hold them up for ridicule. Tibby offered judgments liberally,
certain that she was in a position to look down on those around
her. Bailey, however, shows her how wrong she is to assume that
other people have nothing valuable to offer her. Bailey befriends
people quickly and easily, warming to people in a way that Tibby
finds confusing. She teaches Tibby how to live in a way that is
accepting and compassionate. Tibby’s whole world is turned upside
down by Bailey. Before, she thought she had all the answers. Now,
she knows she has a lot to learn and that important lessons can
come from unlikely sources. Brian McBrian, who Tibby had pegged
as a pathetic loser because he loves video games, winds up offering
Tibby a kind of wisdom. Tibby had thought happiness depended on
big things, but Brian, who is so happy whenever he gets to a new
level of the game, shows her that small things can lead to happiness
too. Tibby’s new perspective helps her slow down and enjoy life,
with a greater understanding of what’s truly important.