Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.

I am haunted by waters.


This quote is the one that brought the whole story together. These five sentences show the reader that over time everything is either forgotten or misremembered.

This quote tells the reader why McLain wrote the story. He wrote it because he didn't want the story of his life and how his family helped shape his life.

The part where he is "haunted by waters" means his memories of fishing with his brother and father are to hard on him to think about. I would guess that he cried when he wrote the story.