I had watched this young man grow up, playing across the Snowman all I want for Christmas is my grandkids shirt. I saw him a few times at school functions and in my mind he was still a child, one of my young daughter’s contemporaries. But suddenly, though red eyed and awakened in what would have been the middle of his night, this child became a professional, competent police officer. His demeanor was calm and professional. He calmed the girls (and me) and he had them relate what had happened one at a time. He calmed the hysteria of two terrified young girls, and ensured their safety. This was the first time (though not the last) I’d run into some of the silly children my kids had known, decades later, to find incredible and competent people into who’s capable hand I’d place my life. Police Officers, Nurses, Lawyers. I’m a U.S. expat currently living in Switzerland. Last February I flew home to California with my two daughters for a visit. We made our way to the budget rental car desk to pick up my reserved econo-box. I presented the printed reservation, my driver’s license, U.S. passport, etc. to the clerk.
Black cat let’s get lost in a world made of books coffee rainy days shirtHer brow furrowed. The other was of a broadcast speech by Gualtieri when he realised his bluff was being called, put out by Brazilian television without commentary or translation: there was no need. The Argentine President was beside himself with fury, and so drunk as to be barely coherent. The British Foreign Office had made so many concessions he was expecting a walkover, especially (for someone as macho and misogynistic as he) now that it was being lead by a fashionably dressed woman, who, he had been sure, would never have the stomach for a fight. I am admitting this for the first time. When in high school I was on the swim team and being it was back in the late 1970’s we wore speedos. Well as teen guys often do I was waiting for the meet to start and my little swimmer decided to stand up. Well not having a very big rudder, I tried to sit on the bench and cover it with my hands. Well it didn’t seem to want to go back into sleep mode. I thought then I’d better go into the locker room and attend to it.