• I wondered how long it took for a baby to become yours, for familiarity to set in. Maybe as long as it took a new car to lose that scent, or a brand-new house to gather dust. Maybe that was the process more commonly described as bonding: the act of learning your child as well as you know yourself.

    Jodi Picoult (2009). “Handle with Care: A Novel”, p.258, Simon and Schuster