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...er, older, tan woman sat next to me on the bench. She said “Hello Lei, its so nice to see you.” I said “hello” while dragging the letter “o” in sound and looking down at the asphalt. I thought to myself, who is this woman? She hands me a koala bear with a Fiji five-dollar note and says, “ I got this for you, hope you like it!” I take the bear while still conjuring thoughts in my mind of trying to place her face somewhere familiar in memory. I could not find a match. She then gives me a hug and leaves. I am speechless and shocked by the strange encounter. My friends run to me, as if I were a relay champion who had just run through the finish line. Their questions, inquisitive as ever as, about who she was and why did she give me a stuffed animal didn’t deter my attention away from that tall, tanned woman’s back, who was walking through the playground out to the street.
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