- The dedication: "For Amanda, who wanted to know."
- The narrator finding out in the end that Lettie is still alive, after a fashion, and that his return visits to the duck pond are because Lettie wants to check up on him even after 40 years.
- Just Lettie meeting and befriending the narrator, a lonely 7-year-old who didn't get any visitors to his birthday party.Ginnie: Lettie did a very big thing for you. I think she mostly wants to find out what happened next, and whether it was worth everything she did.
Narrator: And did I pass?
Ginnie: You don't pass or fail at being a person, dear.
Heartwarming / The Ocean at the End of the Lane