Pretend We’ve Never Met


The D.C. Metro sign that led me here?

If you walk around without anyone to talk to long enough, you eventually start muttering to yourself.

After two nights without sleeping here on the Island of Enchantment, I was doing it.  When I saw my reflection in a souvenir shop window, I said, “Whoa, Scurvy Dog!” –loudly enough to startle an older couple coming off the cruise ship.  I grinned to reassure them I wasn’t a derelict, but I suppose flashing white teeth — midst bloodshot eyes and a four-day stubble — might not be so reassuring.  Outside Starbucks, a thought crossed my mind.  What if Maria were to see me now?

I bought a cup of coffee and walked to the back to sit and plug in.  It was time to charge up and take stock of my situation.  Situation:  I am here in Puerto Rico to find a woman who may or may not want to find me.   Question:  What might happen if and when we do find each other?  Answer 1:  Her eyes will light up like two candles in a dark room and she will move quickly into my outstretched arms.  Answer 2: She will seem indifferent, maybe even annoyed.  Answer 3: She will pretend we’ve never met.

Whoa, again.  I don’t believe Answer 3 is a real possibility, because Maria is the kindest person I’ve ever met.  But asking that question, made me think of another.  What if Maria and I didn’t already know each other?  Would we connect like we did before, if we met each other here, today?   It would have to be a strong attraction all right.  Look at me (muttering again) — I’m a mess.


Juan Ponce de Leon exhorts  some pigeons.

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