Thou has made me known to friends whom I knew not. Thou has given me seats in homes not my own. Thou has brought the distant near and made a brother of the stranger. I am uneasy at heart when I have to leave my accustomed shelter; I forgot that there abides the old in the new, and that there also though abides.
- Rabindranath Tagore, from "Poems"
For Jacqueline Perkins Draine, my American mom
The swimmers have finished their races and are basking in the sun.
She smiles at the photo of her husband on the wall behind them. All is well, dear husband. All is well. And for a magical second, as the candlelight flickers across his face, it looks as if he's smiling back.