White Teeth, Generous Hair, and Red in a Bottle

Another guy gave a drink today; this makes number three, I believe. I sat down at a cafeteria table in front of a stranger whom he knew. His face was familiar, as he frequented the testing center for ESL tests, and his greeting was warm. I wouldn’t be able to tell you his name. He is Indian, with the old “Marhaba Tan” as a greeting that that dreaded substitute teacher taught us times repeated.

He gave the stranger across from me a choice of three drinks he held in his hand. She took the Dasani water bottle, unopened. He then offered them to me, silently, and I chose out of two Cranberry blends he held. He grinned and bobbed, ever the doting Indian boy with a thin face and dark features. He sat with us for awhile, this boy, the stranger and I, and we chatted of typical college drivel: Majors, schools, connections. He left, sharing the pronunciation of his foreign greetings with the stranger. She thanked him again and again for the water. I wanted to tell her that I’m used to it by now.


About The Original Kate

Along with artistic tendencies, Kate enjoys unusual people and is constantly striving for some sort of nonconformity. Kate offers a perspective that is thoughtful but well-written and full of images within the words. Other tidbits that might intrigue: she has very long auburn hair, and, you guessed it, her favorite color is orange.

Posted on September 5, 2007, in From Rabid-Mormon Land Known As Utah. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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