"But name calling is for the weak. Actions are for the strong. Got it?"
Being responsible for her own happiness, she has realized, is a lonely proposition.
She squeezes Jessie's hand, and for the first time ever in her life, Jessie understands that her mother is real. It is a revelation. Her mother is a human being who feels pain - sadness, loneliness, confusion. Jessie thought all grown-ups lived in a different atmosphere, one that was like a cool, clear gel.