You know what they say

I didn’t expect this

I didn’t expect to have so many conversations with strangers on the three minute walk back home

But every other person flashed a grin

And for some reason felt a connection

I’m pretty sure it wasn’t us, but maybe that’s part of the equation

I am by nature affable

I like to say hi

Get that from my Dad

What’cha got there

Looks like dinner eh

We had just finished, in fact, at one of our fave neighborhood spots. We’re super blessed to have a lot of options right around the bend.

And rather than scoot home to grab a container or even ask for a bag, this takeout dish comes with its own bowl.

Pineapple fried rice is one of our favorites, but tonight our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. So rather than a doggie bag, or even a paper sack, Today I’m taking the hollowed out pineapple, packed to the rim with a delicious combo of seafood, veggies and rice.

It nestles perfectly into my hand, the spiny sections warming my grip.

Elephant and I make our way home, and are stopped three times along the way

And R reminds me

You know what they say

If you want to meet new people, carrying a pineapple full of fried rice through the streets is the perfect way to do it

Published by Radutti

Teaching in Ha Noi, screwing things up daily but surviving to write about it. ...everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?

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  1. I can feel it and smell it and see it and almost taste it. And the part about your dad is kind of priceless. Does chatting with people along the way mean you are really part of your community> do you feel that that has changed over your years there?


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