Grab your cup of tea, glass of wine, handkerchief, tissues if you are up for this sentimental post. All set? Here we go. One summer afternoon, a month and a half ago, I took Shafali to the airport. Who is Shafali? you ask; I’ll tell you shortly.
Which airport, you ask next?
San Francisco International.
Where was she going? (Full of questions, aren't you?!) She flew off to Germany, to start a new chapter in her life. A new job.
And as I drove back home, minus Shafali and
Plaid pale pants
Puffy black jacket
Short stylish black hair (Shorter than I remember)
Those deepset black eyes as bright and piercingly intelligent
As they were 29 years ago. (Were they moist off and on When we started talking
After a long, warm hug? So much has happened Over these long years. Where to begin?)
From the sofa at Park Central
Cut across Yerba Buena Lane
over to Amber. “Will you be done by 7?” the male host asked, a little harried. We acquiesce
Eating rose petals? That concept is not as strange to me as it might be to some others. When I was a child, I remember wandering in the garden with my favorite uncle. He loved fragrances – fragrant flowers, perfumed soaps, colognes, fragrances. I watched him as he tilted his head down towards a rose and inhaled deeply, closing his eyes in deep enjoyment. Then, he plucked a few petals off a rose and to my great surprise, started eating them! I stared at him, speechless. “Try
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