little

Vietnamese

lady

you are so kind

happy gummy mouth

wrinkled skin like an old grape

we walk past the marble dragons that live in the hallway

protecting your home

what is that you are saying?

your language is so pretty

melodic

but i have no idea what you are talking abou-

OH!

yes I see your big fish swimming in the tank now!

you seem to be very proud of it

suddenly you are sad

i think you are asking me to take your fish?

heal your fish?

no

no i am not a fish doctor

wait

now you are excited again

you shuffle hurriedly to the wall

your feet make this noise-

shhh shhh clop

shhh shhh clop

pointing to all your children and your children’s children

so many! and you are laughing

you are still talking in Vietnamese tiny friend

i do not mind

here is an old photo

I think of you in your village

now i feel bad about the war

no no no i don’t have time to sit down

ok

i am sitting down now

thank you for the tea

and now you hand me something in a plastic bag

socks

a dozen pair of socks!

you are so sweet

my new friend

little

Vietnamese

lady

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