All These Wonders, true stories about facing the unknown, came as a birthday gift from a friend. The book’s filled with stories, collected and edited by Catherine Burns, from an NPR program called The Moth. Ms. Burns wrote in the Introduction, “Sometimes it is easier to make sense of the world one story at a time.”
Arrived in Rotterdam yesterday to visit with our Dominican daughter and Gordon alum, Raquel. Today we walked about Gouda, cheese market day with a good portion of the town square covered with bright yellow rounds of cheese. In the background a mock auction took place between cheesemaker and buyer, bargaining by slapping hands until the final clap, “Sold!”
Later, we sat on a bench nibbling the best fries from a paper cone, watching an array of bicyclists and people from many parts of the world, shopkeepers selling their wares, luring us with aromas from Turkey, Italy and Holland. Raquel and I talked about the senseless killings, acts of terror so close. Neighbors. Raquel asked, “How do you recognize the enemy when we are all together like this? We’ve been a welcoming place.” I wondered as I watched a muslim woman, covered head to foot, cycle past alongside a woman with a mini-skirt, black lace stockings and high heels.
As I embark Saturday on a cruise from Rotterdam with 2000 of my closest friends and Garrison Keillor, I’m hoping to hunt stories, to learn from places and people who differ from me, attempting to”make sense of the world one story at a time.”
Heading towards the parking lot, I noticed a sign and asked Raquelita to translate. It read, “Zo Kan Het Ook.” You can also do it this way.
Maybe that’s the short story for the day.
Live to learn.
Learn to live.
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